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December 14, 2018, 1:05 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says that between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25 a bug in a photo API gave app developers access to photos that were uploaded but never shared by ~6.8M users  —  Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as a Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers …
Bloomberg:
In a court filing, Apple argues that China's ban on the sale of some iPhones, which it is appealing, would force it to settle its licensing battle with Qualcomm  —  Apple Inc. said a Chinese ban on the sale of some models of the iPhone will force it to settle a long and bitter licensing battle …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Spammers are emailing businesses, schools, and other locations in the US, Canada, and New Zealand, demanding bitcoin as ransom to not detonate a supposed bomb  —  Spammers are sending a wave of threats to businesses, schools, and other locations in English-speaking countries across the world …
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Discord says its PC game store will offer a 90/10 revenue split when it opens for all game developers in 2019  —  The video game industry is witnessing the death of the standard revenue split for distribution platforms.  For years, stores like Steam have taken 30 percent of every sale.
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
SIPC, which insures money in brokerage accounts, disputes Robinhood's claims that funds in newly launched checking and savings accounts is protected by the SIPC  —  The Securities Investor Protection Corp. said a new checking account from Robinhood Financial LLC raises red flags …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Italian energy company Saipem was hit by a new variant of the notorious Shamoon disk-wiping malware, which attacked Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco in 2012  —  Italian oil and gas services company Saipem has confirmed that its systems were hit recently by a new variant of the notorious Shamoon malware.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook adds a custom-built browser and support for its Instant Games platform to its Portal devices  —  Making its dedicated video chat screen more interactive  —  A new update out today for Facebook's Portal devices adds some much-needed features to the dedicated video chat screens.
Scott Scrivens / Android Police:
Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: great camera, performance, and value for money but MIUI has many quirks and the in-display fingerprint scanner is inconsistent  —  Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is a jack of all trades.  It makes a variety of connected gadgets, including TVs, toothbrushes, scooters, and even kettles.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Apple announces a $1B Austin campus initially for 5,000 workers, new offices in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, and expansions 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 …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook is in talks with pay TV channels, including HBO, Showtime, and Starz, about selling their streaming TV services on its platform  —  The world's biggest social network wants to get into the pay TV business — by taking a page from Amazon.  —  Facebook is readying …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple is notifying artists that it is removing their ability to post to Apple Music Connect and is removing previously posted content from Artist Pages  —  Apple Music Connect appears to slowly be going the way of iTunes Ping.  Apple has started notifying Apple Music artists that it is removing …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Some current and former fact-checkers say Facebook has ignored their concerns, that they have been used for PR, and that they have lost trust in the company  —  Journalists paid to help fix Facebook's fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform

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