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December 4, 2018, 11:10 PM

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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.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Qualcomm announces 3D Sonic Sensor, a new under-display fingerprint sensor for smartphones that uses sound waves to map fingerprints  —  After years of prototypes and fine-tuning, Qualcomm on Tuesday finally announced a fingerprint reader that uses sound to unlock your phone.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 855, which supports “multi-gigabit 5G” and promises up to 3X better AI performance than last gen  —  This week, Qualcomm is hosting press and analysts on Maui for its annual Snapdragon Summit.  Sadly, we're not there, but a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm gave us a preview of the news.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Flutter 1.0, its cross-platform UI toolkit and SDK for building Android and iOS apps, as Square announces two new Flutter SDKs for easy payments  —  At Flutter Live in London today, Google launched version 1. of Flutter, the company's open source mobile UI framework …
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's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 in 2015.  Built from the ground up with a new rendering engine known as EdgeHTML …
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
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
NYC approves measures to set the US' first minimum pay rate for rideshare drivers of $26.51/hour gross, or an estimated $17.22/hour after expenses  —  Today, New York's City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved measures to enact minimum pay requirements for app-based for-hire vehicles (FHV) like Uber, Lyft, and Juno.
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 …
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 …
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.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Sources: Netflix paid $100M to license Friends in the US from AT&T's WarnerMedia through 2019, up from $30M/year, ahead of AT&T's 2019 streaming service launch  —  Are Netflix and “Friends” on a break?  —  The answer is no — for now.  Reruns of Joey's thespian trials …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft expands its US rural broadband initiative, aiming to operate in 25 states by the end of 2019 and reach 3M customers by July 2022  —  Microsoft Corp., which last year announced a plan to bring broadband to 2 million people in the rural U.S., is boosting the program to reach another 1 million customers across more states.
Stefan Etienne / The Verge:
Razer Blade Stealth updated with a new design, Windows Hello, and an option for a 4K screen with discrete graphics; launching today with same $1,399 base price  —  The updated Blade Stealth might be a charmer  —  Razer is updating one of its most recognizable laptops, the 13.3-inch Blade Stealth, with a new chassis and specs.

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