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December 13, 2018, 10:25 AM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Apple announces a $1B Austin campus initially for 5,000 workers, new offices in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, plus expansion in several other US cities  —  Apple plans to build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, adding thousands of jobs, while also setting up new large offices in Seattle …
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
How Amazon is trying to quell opposition to its new NYC offices by hiring well-connected lobbyists and taking to the streets to hear residents' concerns  —  Amazon is trying to quell rising opposition to its plan for offices in New York, hiring well-connected lobbyists to make its case …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Sources: stablecoin project Basis, backed by Bain Capital, GV, and a16z, is closing due to regulatory issues and returning most of the $133M capital raised  —  Basis, one of the most well-known stablecoin projects, is shutting down and returning nearly all capital raised to investors.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Hands-on with the ECG feature in Apple Watch Series 4: taking an ECG is easy, but the ECG trace can only be viewed on the iPhone, not the watch itself  —  When Apple introduced the fourth iteration of its smartwatch, the big new selling point wasn't a feature we typically associate with a watch or any sort of smart device.
More: CNBC and 9to5Mac
Joshua Goldman / CNET:
Samsung upgrades its two-in-one Notebook 9 Pen with a new 15-inch option, 8th-gen Core i7 chip, updated S Pen and a promise of 15 hours of battery life  —  With its updated Notebook 9 Pen two-in-one laptop, Samsung is targeting creative professionals who want the flexibility of both a laptop …
Gillian Brockell / Washington Post:
Tech companies should automatically turn off irrelevant ads based on info users share, such as ads for baby gear when a pregnant person has a stillborn child  —  Dear Tech Companies:  —  I know you knew I was pregnant.  It's my fault, I just couldn't resist those Instagram hashtags — #30weekspregnant, #babybump.
Holly Brockwell / Gizmodo UK:
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
LG unveils two Gram laptops ahead of CES: 17" 2.9lb clamshell with 8th gen Intel CPU and claimed 19.5 hour battery for $1,699+, and a 14" 2-in-1 with price TBA  —  LG will show off all new Gram laptops at CES in January.  —  We're just a few weeks away from 2019's Consumer Electronics Show …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SEC settles with the former CEO and COO of AriseBank, which it sued in January for alleged fraud and issuing unregistered securities during an ICO, for $2.7M+  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled charges with two former executives of AriseBank, which was hit with a token sale fraud lawsuit in early 2018.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Finalcad, a mobile platform that allows the construction industry to digitize its processes, raises $40M Series C led by London-based Draper Esprit  —  Finalcad, a mobile platform that enables the construction industry to digitize much of its processes, has closed $40 million in Series C funding.
More: VentureBeatThanks:@sohear
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How making products easier to use can steer users toward unhealthy behaviors, like viewing overly extreme content that autoplays, or lead to security breaches  —  Seven years ago, a younger and more carefree Mark Zuckerberg went onstage at Facebook's annual developer conference and announced …
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 …
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:

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