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December 11, 2018, 8:15 AM

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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 …
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 …
Abigail Geiger / Pew Research Center:
Pew: one in five US adults say they frequently get their news from social media, surpassing the number who get theirs from print (16%) for the first time  —  Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A group of ten US tech companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, have collectively denounced Australia's anti-encryption law  —  A group of U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, have collectively denounced the new so-called “anti-encryption” …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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