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December 30, 2018, 8:05 PM

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Los Angeles Times:
Malware attack on Tribune Publishing's network disrupts the printing and distribution of Saturday editions of LA Times, WSJ, NYT, and other papers  —  A cyberattack that appears to have originated from outside the United States caused major printing and delivery disruptions at several newspapers across …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is planning to build and expand Whole Foods stores across the US to put more customers within range of its Prime Now two-hour delivery service  —  Expansion would widen tech giant's delivery reach  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 1.12% is planning to build and expand Whole Foods stores across …
Julia Reda:
European Commission to start offering bug bounties in January on 14 Free Software projects like Notepad++ and VLC that the EU institutions rely on  —  It's been a while since I last wrote about the Free and Open Source Software Audit project, FOSSA, so let me start with a quick recap …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
CenturyLink says all consumer services impacted by a ~32-hour outage that started on Thursday, including its 911 emergency services, have been restored  —  911 emergency services in several states across the U.S. went down after a massive outage at a CenturyLink data center.
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:
AI image processing for computer vision, facial recognition, image generation, and other applications saw marked improvements in 2018  —  Computer scientists have spent more than two decades teaching, training and developing machines to see the world around them.
Peter Rubin / Wired:
Netflix debuts its first choose-your-own-storyline movie, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, developed over 18 months using Twine, a game writing tool  —  BY NEARLY ANY measure, Netflix has had a ridiculous year.  When all is said and done, the company will have spent upwards of $10 billion …
New York Times:
In a formerly undisclosed memo from March, a top FTC enforcement official said Facebook wasn't at fault for Cambridge Analytica's abuses; FTC says probe ongoing  —  Last spring, soon after Facebook acknowledged that the data of tens of millions of its users had improperly been obtained …
Susan Fowler / New York Times:
The biggest challenges for US tech firms in 2019: GDPR-like privacy protections, large security breaches becoming routine, and anti-government employee protests  —  How privacy, security and employee protests will shape the year ahead for Silicon Valley.  —  Ms. Fowler is an editor in the Opinion section.
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Inside digital music piracy and sharing in the 2000s via P2P networks like Napster, LimeWire, Gnutella, as well as IRC and internet music service Audiogalaxy  —  A couple of decades ago - well before a $10 monthly fee would unlock access to virtually every song ever recorded through streaming services …
Stella Yifan Xie / Wall Street Journal:
How Booking Holdings, formerly Priceline, is betting on China's online travel market with partnerships and more than $2B in investments in Chinese companies  —  Booking, formerly Priceline, is investing heavily in Chinese travel startups  —  Nearly two decades ago, Priceline.com …

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