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December 5, 2018, 6:25 PM

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Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
UK Parliament publishes 250+ redacted pages of sensitive, internal Facebook documents seized last month from founder of Six4Three, a company suing Facebook  —  - Documents were released by U.K. parliamentary committee  — Lawmaker Collins says publication was lawful in U.K.
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 amid “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:
Impressions from a test ride in Waymo One, the first commercial self-driving taxi service, launching next week in Phoenix for Waymo's Early Rider members  —  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 …
Globe and Mail:
Canada has arrested Huawei's global CFO, who now faces extradition to the US on suspicion she violated US trade sanctions against Iran  —  Canada has arrested the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies who is facing extradition to the United States on suspicion she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran.
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.
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
The Verge:
Qualcomm gives details on Snapdragon 855, its smartphone chipset: X24 modem, which isn't 5G compatible, 7 nanometer for 20% better graphics, and AI improvements  —  Qualcomm calls it an AI powerhouse  —  Qualcomm officially took the wraps off the Snapdragon 855, its next generation processor, yesterday at the SnapDragon Tech Summit.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
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.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 12.1.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.2, and tvOS 12.1.1 with some FaceTime enhancements, bug fixes, and improvements to security  —  Apple has released iOS 12.1.1 for iPhone and iPad today with a handful of notable improvements.  The latest software update includes improvements to FaceTime …
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.

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