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December 10, 2018, 9:05 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Chinese court issues a preliminary injunction against Apple for infringing Qualcomm patents, banning sale and import of iPhones 6s to X in China; Apple appeals  —  A Chinese court has banned the sale of a number of recent iPhone models citing infringement of two Qualcomm patents, the San Diego chipmaker said on Monday.
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
An overview of responses to Jack Dorsey's tone-deaf tweets about a trip to Myanmar that failed to mention the region's genocide, which social media enabled  —  Jack Dorsey, CEO of social media platform Twitter—the company now emblazoned in the public eye as one of the primary mouthpieces …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google to shut down consumer version of Google+ in Apr. 2019 instead of Aug. and retire Google+ APIs within 90 days, after finding API bug impacting ~52.M users  —  After discovering another security issue potentially impacting 52.5 million users, Google today announced that the consumer version …
New York Times:
How mobile apps share precise location data with 75+ firms, including advertisers, retailers, and hedge funds, and fail to describe the practice to users  —  Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds.  They say it's anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches a walkie talkie-like voice messaging feature, rolling out globally on Instagram Direct today  —  You'd think Facebook would be faster at copying itself.  Five years after Facebook Messenger took a cue from WhatsApp and Voxer to launch voice messaging …
David McCabe / Axios:
House Judiciary Committee posts Sundar Pichai's prepared testimony, where he talks about leading without political bias, taking users' privacy seriously, more  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai will tell lawmakers Tuesday that the company takes user privacy seriously, doesn't bake political bias …
The Keyword:
Google says its For You tab for Google Maps, which gives personalized recommendations, is now rolling out in 40+ countries on iOS and 130+ countries on Android  —  It's officially the holiday season, which means lots of time spent with friends and family.  But all of that together …
BBC:
Huawei debuts Honor View 20 with a 48MP rear camera and Samsung unveils A8s with a 6.4" Infinity-O display, both with a hole-punch camera cutout in the screen  —  Two smartphone-makers have unveiled handsets featuring a “hole-punch” selfie camera.  —  The screens of the Samsung A8s …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
House report finds that Equifax's security practices and policies were subpar and that patching vulnerable systems could have prevented last year's data breach  —  A House Oversight Committee report out Monday has concluded that Equifax's security practices and policies were sub-par …
Mugdha Variyar / The Economic Times:
Google acquires popular Indian train tracking app “Where is my Train”, which works offline and without GPS, sources say for $30M-$40M  —  Google has acquired Sigmoid Labs, which runs the platform ‘Where is My Train.’  —  ET had reported the development in August.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Lens is now rolling out to the Google iOS app with a live viewfinder that lets users tap on objects or text to begin a visual search analysis  —  Google Lens began widely rolling out to Android in March and got a big update at I/O 2018 with real-time results and smart text selection.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: Vishal Shah, a product exec who oversaw Instagram's shopping efforts, ad products, and IGTV, has been promoted to head of product for all of Instagram  —  Vishal Shah has been promoted to lead all of Instagram's product efforts.  —  Instagram has filled one of its most important executive vacancies …
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Rob Wile / Miami Herald:
Miami-based ParkJockey, a platform for garage and lot managers to monetize parking spaces, announces a SoftBank investment that, sources say, values it at $1B+  —  Miami is now officially home to its first unicorn.  —  On Monday, ParkJockey, founded in 2013 by entrepreneurs Ari Ojalvo …
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