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December 4, 2018, 6:00 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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …

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