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December 4, 2018, 4:30 PM

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Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10  —  Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium.  —  Microsoft's Edge web browser …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft open sources its most popular Windows UX frameworks and says the first preview of .NET Core 3.0 is now available  —  Microsoft is open sourcing WPF, Windows Forms and Win UI via GitHub and making available the first public preview of Visual Studio 2019.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
DuckDuckGo study finds that Google personalizes search results even when logged out or using the private browsing incognito mode  —  A study, albeit from competitor DuckDuckGo, finds that Google search results can vary significantly  —  The amount of personalization inherent in any one of Google's …
Politico:
Sources: officials at NRCC, the House GOP's campaign arm, had several months' worth of emails stolen in 2018 by what some think was a nation-state hacker  —  Republican leaders were not informed until POLITICO contacted committee officials about the incident.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple discounts iPhone XR by up to $300 for trading in older iPhones, a rare step for new models; source: some marketing staff were reassigned to boost sales  —  - ‘Fire drill,’ trade-in deals come after signs of waning demand  — Analysts look again for what's next beyond the iPhone
Adam D'Angelo / The Quora Blog:
Quora says it discovered a data breach on Nov. 30 affecting about 100M users, exposing names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and other non-public content  —  We recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a malicious third party.
James Somers / New Yorker:
Profile of Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat, the only Google Senior Fellows, who joined the company in 1999 and have pair-programmed some of its key infrastructure  —  Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Sources: Netflix paid $100M to license Friends exclusively in US from WarnerMedia in 2019, up from $30M, ahead of AT&T's plans for its streaming service in 2020  —  Are Netflix and “Friends” on a break?  —  The answer is no — for now.  Reruns of Joey's thespian trials …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Fortnite-maker Epic Games announces a PC and Mac game store to rival Steam's, coming “soon”, with 88% of revenue going to developers, up from 70% on Steam  —  Fortnite-maker Epic Games is capping off their insanely successful 2018 with an even more ambitious product launch …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Flutter 1.0, its Android and iOS mobile app SDK, as Square announces two new Flutter SDKs for easy payments  —  At Flutter Live in London today, Google launched version 1.0 of Flutter, the company's open source mobile UI framework that helps developers build native interfaces for Android and iOS.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Flaw discovered in Kubernetes lets any user gain full admin privileges on any compute node being run in a Kubernetes cluster; patched versions are available  —  There's now an invisible way to hack into the popular cloud container orchestration system Kubernetes.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corp, has left his senior security role at Apple to take a job at the ACLU  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A senior Apple Inc security expert left for a much lower-paying job at the American Civil Liberties Union this week …
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Inside Google's Area 120, the company's in-house startup incubator founded in 2016 that has since greenlighted about 50 projects by Google employees  —  Google's “20% time“-the long-standing perk that invites employees to carve off a fifth of their working hours to devote to personal projects …
Thenmozhi Soundararajan / New York Times:
After Jack Dorsey's trip to India and encounter with the harassment Dalits face on Twitter, it's time to include minorities in talks of platform accountability  —  Dalits and other Indian gender, religious, tribal and ethnic minorities are regularly harassed on Twitter by right-wing troll armies.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
2018 State of European Tech report: funding reached a record $23B, all-male founders get 93% of capital, and almost 50% women suffer discrimination in workplace  —  The 2018 State of European Tech report, now in its fourth year, was released today.  Assembled by investment firm Atomico …

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