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December 12, 2018, 5:00 PM

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel unveils its next CPU architecture, Sunny Cove, built to execute more instructions in parallel with lower latency, better cryptography support, and more  —  Finally, a move away from just bundling more cores together.  —  In 2019, Intel will release Core and Xeon chips built around a new architecture …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Intel demos Foverus, a new way to build 3D chips by stacking logic chips atop one another, with a new power delivery process, without sacrificing performance  —  THE COMPANIES THAT make processors have a long-held obsession with getting smaller.  The famous—and increasingly obsolete …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to relaunch Texture as a paid news subscription service, built into the Apple News app, as soon as spring 2019, but publishers remain wary  —  - Texture is set to evolve into Apple News subscription feature  — Media executives remain wary of Apple's latest media foray
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Epic Games, which makes Fortnite, unveils a free SDK, rolling out in 2019, to help developers build cross-platform games that include login and social elements  —  Online services SDK will roll out slowly through 2019.  —  Part of the massive success of Fortnite has been the ability …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sundar Pichai's appearance before Congress was another in a long line of pointless hearings, where lawmakers display limited knowledge and execs are evasive  —  It's hard to imagine how these hearings will result in anything more substantial than a few less-than-viral soundbites.
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Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Oracle files suit in federal court against US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract, arguing that awarding it to one vendor is unfair and illegal  —  Oracle filed suit in federal court last week alleging yet again that the decade-long $10 billion Pentagon JEDI contract with its single-vendor award is unfair and illegal.
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New York Times:
Sources: Marriott hack part of Chinese intelligence effort that also hacked health insurers, other hotels, and security clearance files of millions of Americans  —  WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected passport information or other personal details …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
FCC passes controversial rules clarifying text messages as an info service, boosting carriers' power to curb spam, and creating a database of reassigned numbers  —  Passed on a party-line vote  —  On a party-line vote, the FCC today approved a controversial measure that gives mobile phone carriers more power over text messages.
Peter Cao / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft's latest update to its Office 365 suite for macOS brings full compatibility with Mojave with support for Dark Mode, Continuity Camera, and more  —  Microsoft has today released an update to its Office 365 suite for the Mac.  Today's update brings full compatibility with the latest macOS release, Mojave.
Aakanksha Ahuja / DealStreetAsia:
NinjaCart, an Indian marketing and delivery platform for agricultural produce, raises $35M Series B led by Accel and Syngeta Ventures  —  NinjaCart, a marketing and delivery platform for agricultural produce, has raised $35 million ( Rs 250 crore) in a Series B funding round led by Accel Partners …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NPR announces RAD, an open source podcast analytics technology that aims to collect better listening metrics while respecting user privacy  —  Internet users are already being tracked to death, with ads that follow us around, search histories that are collected and stored …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates its Life Events feature for profiles, letting users add animated photos or videos  —  Facebook today announced a redesign of its “Life Events” feature, which allows people to share significant milestones in their life, like an engagement, graduation, a new job, a move to a new city, and more.
Eillie Anzilotti / Fast Company:
Online banking platform Good Money, which offers each customer an equity share and asks them to vote on sustainable causes to invest in, raises $30M Series A  —  In a given year, the biggest banks in the U.S.-Wells Fargo, Citi, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase-rake in billions of dollars …
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Microsoft patches zero-day privilege escalation bug in Windows kernel as part of Patch Tuesday updates, which addressed ~40 vulnerabilities  —  Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates for December 2018 address nearly 40 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day flaw affecting the Windows kernel.
New York Times:
How uncensored viral videos of people's overdoses posted online by police and strangers with cameras are doing little else than publicly shaming drug users  —  Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out.

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