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December 15, 2018, 11:50 AM

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Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Robinhood deletes tweets about launching checking and savings accounts, scrubs the page from its website, and now calls the offering a “cash management” program  —  After a backlash around the marketing of its newest product, Robinhood Financial LLC has rebranded the service …
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says that between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25 a photo API bug gave user-approved apps 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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Report: Facebook renamed Building 8, its hardware skunkworks lab, to Portal after the device launched, moved more experimental projects to Facebook Reality Labs  —  The hardware group is now focused on Portal and other projects, while far-off ideas are part of Reality Labs
Reuters:
Sources: T-Mobile and Sprint expect prompt merger approval from CFIUS after SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom agree to consider curbing the use of Huawei's equipment  —  WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp expect their merger to be approved by a U.S. national security panel …
Timothy McLaughlin / Wired:
How WhatsApp fuels fake news and violence in India, where a police officer says people can live without oxygen, “but without WhatsApp they will die”  —  BY THE TIME police arrived in the hamlet of Rainpada on July 1, 2018, the village council office was the scene of a massacre.
Forbes:
GE to spin out its industrial IoT software business into a separate company with $1.2B in revenue, sell 90% of ServiceMax to Silver Lake for an undisclosed sum  —  By Nigel Fenwick, Vice President, Principal Analyst; Frank Gillett, Vice President, Principal Analyst; Michele Pelino, Principal Analyst; Paul Miller, Senior Analyst
Bruce Brown / Digital Trends:
Amazon's Echo Wall Clock, which connects to nearby Echo devices over Bluetooth to track and display timers via LEDs around its rim, is now available for $29.99  —  After you've set an Alexa timer do you ask, “Alexa, how much time is left on the timer?” several times while it's running?
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