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December 11, 2018, 12:35 PM

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House Judiciary Committee:
Live stream of Sundar Pichai testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, in a session examining Google's data collection, use, and filtering practices  —  WITNESSES Name Occupation Organization Testimony Truth in Testimony Mr Sundar Pichai CEO Google
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 …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Hardware maker Supermicro says review by an outside investigations firm found no evidence of any malicious chips in its current or older motherboards  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm …
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Verizon writes down the value of its AOL and Yahoo acquisitions by $4.6B in filing, amid tough competition in the digital advertising industry  —  Verizon Communications Inc. slashed the value of its AOL and Yahoo acquisitions by $4.6 billion, conceding that tough competition for digital advertising …
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 …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Report: Uber operations manager sent 890-word email to execs with serious concerns about autonomous program just days before an Uber vehicle killed a pedestrian  —  Solutions that could have prevented collision were proposed  —  An 890-word email was sent to Uber's executives …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Plaid, which makes tools to let other apps connect to users' bank accounts, raises $250M Series C led by Mary Meeker, source says at a $2.65B valuation  —  - The San Francisco-based company announced its latest $250 million funding round led by venture capital veteran Mary Meeker, who is also joining Plaid's board.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Evelyn Berezin, who designed and built the first true word processors around 1970 as the founder and president of Redactron, has died at 93  —  Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Latest recommendations for EU's Article 13 seek to appease both the legacy copyright industries and the tech companies without actually addressing key concerns  —  As we've been discussing the “Trilogue” negotiations between the EU Commission, EU Council and EU Parliament over the EU's Copyright Directive …
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 …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Used car marketplace Vroom has raised $146M Series G led by automotive retailer AutoNation  —  Vroom has raised $146 million in Series G funding, an expansion to a $30 million investment we reported in early September.  U.S. automotive retailer AutoNation led the round for the startup …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AppOnboard, which offers a tool for app developers to let users try their app before they buy, raises $15M Series B led by Breakaway Growth  —  AppOnboard scored a big deal with Google earlier this year when the partners announced AppOnboard's tech would be used to bring playable demos directly …

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