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December 5, 2018, 8:20 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's board says it was “entirely appropriate” for Sheryl Sandberg to investigate if George Soros shorted Facebook after he made negative comments  —  A letter from the board said Sandberg was being truthful about her knowledge of a public-relations firm's work into the investor
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.
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.
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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