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December 1, 2019, 7:30 PM

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Jordan Pearson / VICE:
US arrests an Ethereum Foundation researcher, claiming he participated in discussions about how N. Korea can avoid sanctions during a crypto conference there  —  On Friday, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced criminal charges against a cryptocurrency researcher …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU antitrust regulators are conducting a preliminary investigation into Google's data collection practices  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google's collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world's …
Reuters:
Facebook complies with Singapore's fake news law and adds a label that is visible to local users, under the users' post, saying the post contains false info  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) said on Saturday it had issued a correction notice on a user's post at the request …
Annabelle Timsit / Quartz:
New regulations that require buyers of SIM cards to have their faces scanned, in addition to providing an official ID, came in to force in China on December 1  —  A new rule requiring face scans of customers signing up for new mobile plans in China came into effect Sunday (Dec. 1) …
Financial Times:
Leaked documents show how China is trying to shape global standards for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and vehicle surveillance tech via UN's ITU  —  Chinese technology companies are shaping new facial recognition and surveillance standards at the UN, according to leaked documents obtained …
Alex Danco:
How angel investing for social status is a core part of Bay Area tech ecosystem, and is critically missing from other cities trying to grow their tech scenes  —  Michael Seibel of YC posted a short video the other day about a topic that's near and dear to my heart: Why Fundraising is Different in Silicon Valley.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Court filing: Intel says it has sold smartphone modem chip business to Apple at “a multi-billion dollar loss”, blames Qualcomm for forcing it out of the market  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O) sold its smartphone modem chip business to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) at “a multi-billion dollar loss …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Adobe: Black Friday online sales grew 19.6% YoY to $7.4B, as Thanksgiving sales rose 14.5%, to $4.2B; Cyber Monday sales are expected to reach $9.4B, up 18.9%  —  Following swiftly on the heels of a Thanksgiving that broke records with $4.2 billion in online sales, Black Friday also hit a new high …
Anne VanderMey / Bloomberg:
How the owner of a celeb-frequented Las Vegas nightclub helped build Airbnb's celebrity marketing program as a consultant, boosting Airbnb as a luxury brand  —  For one week in the summer of 2015, consumers of celebrity gossip news couldn't escape Mariah Carey's trip to Malibu, California.
Reuters:
China's new rules, effective Jan. 1, require videos created using AI or VR tech to be clearly marked, make distribution of deepfakes a possible criminal offense  —  BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese regulators have announced new rules governing video and audio content online …
Financial Times:
Ocado, a UK-based grocery delivery service trying to become a warehouse automation tech provider, strikes a deal with Japan's largest supermarket operator Aeon  —  Ocado, the UK food delivery service transforming itself into a provider of automated warehouses for retail chains …

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