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December 4, 2018, 4:55 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Following Verizon, AT&T says it too will sell an as-yet unannounced 5G Samsung handset in the first half of 2019  —  Samsung announced yesterday that it's set to bring a 5G phone to market in the first half of next year, name-checking Verizon in the promise.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 855, promising up to 3x better AI performance than last gen, and its new under-display fingerprint reader using an ultrasonic sensor  —  This week, Qualcomm is hosting press and analysts on Maui for its annual Snapdragon Summit.  Sadly, we're not there …
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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