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December 6, 2018, 12:45 PM

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Aparajita Saxena / Reuters:
Lyft says it has filed with the SEC for an IPO, hasn't specified the number of shares it is selling or their price range; sources say IPO is slated for H1 2019  —  (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc on Thursday filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google says it will stop working on Allo and instead focus on Messages; Allo will stop working March 2019  —  Google has officially announced that it's shutting down Allo, ending the run of yet another failed Google chat app experiment.  The news isn't entirely unsurprising …
Globe and Mail:
Canada has arrested Huawei's global CFO, who now faces extradition to the US on the warrant from NY state claiming 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it will rebuild Edge to run on Google's open source Chromium project and will make it available on macOS, Windows 7, and Windows 8  —  A Chromium version of Edge will also arrive on Windows 7 and Windows 8  —  Microsoft is announcing some significant changes to its Edge browser today.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Australia passes sweeping anti-encryption bill giving police power to implant malware and insert backdoors, despite opposition from experts, tech companies  —  Australia's controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Apple Watch Series 4 ECG feature goes live in the US as part of the watchOS 5.1.2 update, letting users detect irregular heart rhythms  —  Apple Watch users can now take a reading of their heart's electrical signal by holding a finger on the crown of the device.
Financial Times:
Millions of users on O2 in UK are unable to use mobile data due to a software problem in Ericsson's equipment; SoftBank in Japan was affected for several hours  —  Millions of mobile phone users around the world have been unable to use their smartphones after a software issue in systems provided by Ericsson caused major disruption.
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Pandora officially launches its Podcasts on Pandora platform for iOS with hundreds of podcasts from various genres  —  Pandora has officially launched its podcasts platform today after running a beta on iOS and Android for about three weeks.  Podcasts on Pandora is now available for all users …
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.
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.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
AT&T says it now supports eSIM on the latest iPhones with the iOS 12.1.1 update, making it the first major US carrier to support Dual SIM on iPhones  —  Apple today officially released iOS 12.1.1 to the public, teasing in the update's release notes that it includes “eSIM …
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Firefly, which wants to use GPS and other sensors to display contextual ads on ride-sharing cars, raises $21.5M in seed funding  —  A car is just a packet carrying a payload through a network so plopping an ad unit atop it as it caroms from node to node is kinda gross but is probably a viable business.
More: TechCrunch and VentureBeatThanks:@jason_rowley
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says ~500K of the 22M comments submitted during the net neutrality debate were linked to Russian email addresses  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said earlier this week that roughly 500,000 comments submitted during the debate over the controversial repeal …
More: Engadget

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