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December 8, 2018, 11:20 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Uber has confidentially filed for an IPO; filing indicates it could go public as soon as the first quarter of 2019  —  The filing indicates a public listing could come in early 2019, pitting the ride-hailing service against rival Lyft  —  Uber Technologies Inc. filed paperwork confidentially …
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Canada's DOJ argues Huawei CFO committed fraud by misrepresenting a Huawei subsidiary as an independent company, tricking US banks into violating Iran sanctions  —  VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The reasons that the United States asked the Canadian authorities to arrest a top executive …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple acquired Platoon, a UK-based startup that uses analytics to source talent like musicians and writers to produce, distribute, and sell their work  —  Spotify has made some significant moves to bypass record labels and work directly with artists, and there are signs that Apple …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Epic's PC and Mac games store, announced earlier this week, is live with Epic's own Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, Supergiant Games' Hades, with more to come  —  It's a busy week for Epic Games .  Fresh from pushing out a major season 7 update for Fortnite, so the gaming giant has taken the wraps off its own games store.
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Walmart to acquire the assets of Art.com, an online seller of art and wall decor which, a source says, was recently bringing in $300M in sales annually  —  - Marc Lore, head of Walmart's U.S. e-commerce business, has said the company could one day own upwards of 40 digitally native brands.
Ali Tamaseb:
An analysis of 195 startups with valuations over $1B, using 65 factors like founder background, industry sector, competition, and funding  —  I Spent 300 Hours Gathering Data On Billion-Dollar Startups and Here's 100 Charts You Shouldn't Miss  —  About 15 months ago, I embarked on a journey …
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Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Microsoft steps up calls for regulation of facial recognition tech; research group AI Now stresses urgency for companies to open their AI algorithms to auditing  —  AFTER A HELLISH year of tech scandals, even government-averse executives have started professing their openness to legislation.
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Amazon robots caused bear repellent explosions both in 2018, when one punctured a can and hospitalized dozens, and 2015, when another ran over a can in Texas  —  Two dozen Amazon warehouse employees in New Jersey were hospitalized Wednesday, one in critical condition, after a robot punctured …

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