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December 5, 2018, 2:20 PM

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Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
UK Parliament publishes redacted copies of sensitive, internal Facebook documents seized last month from a company suing Facebook  —  - Documents were released by U.K. parliamentary committee  — Lawmaker Collins says publication was lawful in U.K.  —  Internal emails at Facebook Inc. …
Facebook:
Facebook responds to UK Parliament document dump, giving an explanation for API whitelisting, scraping Android call and SMS records, how it uses Onavo, and more  —  As we've said many times, Six4Three — creators of the Pikinis app — cherrypicked these documents from years ago as part …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Months after Facebook was shown to surreptitiously collect Android call and SMS records, emails show Facebook's growth team added the feature over “PR” fears  —  Internal emails show Facebook weighing the privacy risks of collecting call records — then going ahead anyway
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Internal Facebook docs show how Facebook worked out data sharing agreements with companies and how Zuckerberg personally approved shutting off access for Vine  —  The UK Parliament today released a 250-page cache of previously sealed Facebook documents, revealing internal deliberations …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
A test ride in Waymo One, the first commercial self-driving taxi service launching next week in Phoenix for members of its Early Rider program  —  Going on a coffee run with Waymo One  —  It is late afternoon in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and I'm getting jittery waiting …
BuzzFeed News:
Sources and chat logs show Facebook's internal tensions are reaching a boiling point, as one ex-employee says staff are “hoping for a Sundar or Dara moment”  —  “It's the bunker mentality.  These people have been under siege for 600 days now.  They're getting tired, getting cranky …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft refreshes Outlook for iOS with a new design and other subtle changes, available today, with a dark mode coming in a future update  —  A dark mode is coming in a future update  —  Microsoft is launching a new version of its Outlook mobile app for iOS today.
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:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Facebook's ranking drops from No. 1 to No. 7 in Glassdoor's 2019 list of best places to work in the US chosen by employees; Google is 8th and Microsoft is 34th  —  Career website Glassdoor today released its 11th annual Employees' Choice Awards, a list of the 100 best companies to work for in the coming year.
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
In an open letter, a group of Google employees demand more equitable conditions for part-time and contract workers, after last month's changes for full-timers  —  - ‘TVC’ workers describe second-class status at Google  — Some workers say they weren't told of vital safety information
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft study of US internet usage shows 162.8M people don't use the internet at broadband speeds, while the FCC says broadband is not available to 24.7M  —  Ferry County in northeastern Washington spans more than 2,200 square miles of mostly forestland, rivers and lakes.
Jay Stanley / American Civil Liberties Union:
US Secret Service to test facial recognition in and around the White House according to a document released by DHS last week  —  In yet another step toward the normalization of facial recognition as a blanket security measure, last week the Department of Homeland Security published details …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Google brings its Cloud Security Command Center to beta with new features to more quickly identify vulnerabilities and limit damage from threats or attacks  —  Google Cloud today announced availability of its Cloud Security Command Center beta — with a series of new features designed …
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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.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Russian search giant Yandex launches Yandex.Phone, its first smartphone, with 5.65-inch display, 4GB RAM, Android, and Snapdragon 630 for ~$270  —  Yandex, the internet titan often referred to as the Google of Russia, has launched its first smartphone.  —  Yandex.Phone, as the device is called …
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon and Comcast partner to bring Prime Video to Comcast Xfinity X1 set-top boxes, rolling out over the next week  —  Amazon and Comcast are teaming up to bring the tech giant's video streaming service into the Xfinity cable universe.  —  Amazon Prime Video will launch on the Comcast Xfinity X1 boxes …

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