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December 4, 2019, 9:30 AM

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Larry Page steps down as Alphabet CEO; Sundar Pichai to lead both Alphabet and Google  —  Our very first founders' letter in our 2004 S-1 began: … We believe those central tenets are still true today.  The company is not conventional and continues to make ambitious bets on new technology, especially with our Alphabet structure.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Alphabet's leadership change is unlikely to mean much to Google employees or users, since Larry Page has not been focused on Alphabet's core business for years  —  Google co-founder Larry Page speaking at a developer conference in 2013.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Tom Krazit / Mostly Cloudy:
Amazon unveils Local Zones, small data centers far from main AWS regions, general availability of Outposts, and a Verizon partnership for low latency 5G gear  —  THE AWS TAKE ON EDGE COMPUTING  —  AWS CEO Andy Jassy (left) and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg (right) introduce AWS Wavelength Tuesday at re:Invent 2019.
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Mozilla removes four Firefox extensions made by Avast and AVG after reports that they were harvesting user data and browsing histories  —  The four extensions, two from Avast and two from AVG, are still available on the Chrome Web Store.  —  Mozilla removed today four Firefox extensions …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches a battery-powered portable Echo speaker in India with an enclosed 4,800mAh battery, claims up to 10 hours of continuous music playback  —  After launching nearly a dozen Echo speaker models in India in two years, Amazon said on Wednesday it is adding a new variant to the mix …
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
India, which is increasingly trying to shelter local companies, has erected regulatory hurdles over the past year for how US tech firms operate in the country  —  New barriers make world's biggest untapped digital market a slog for Walmart, Facebook; taking cues from China's protectionism
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google adds a chat feature to Google Photos, rolling out over the next week to iOS, Android, and the web  —  An argument could be made that Google has over-indulged in its creation of way too many messaging apps in years past.  But today's launch of a new messaging service …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 71 arrives with Picture-in-Picture support on Windows for all video sites, Enhanced Tracking Protection and Lockwise password manager improvements, more  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 71 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.  Firefox 71 includes Lockwise password manager improvements …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Postmates shuts Mexico City office laying off employees; sources say at least several dozen have been laid off including people across its offices in the US  —  - Postmates has laid off dozens of employees and told employees in Mexico City that it's closing that office.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Qualcomm debuts a new in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with a much larger input area, after mixed results from its last attempt found in the Galaxy S10  —  A year ago, Qualcomm introduced a new fingerprint sensor that uses sound waves to map the ridges on your finger and unlock your phone.
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
A profile of Hipcamp, a platform for campsite booking where listings include off-grid plots, RV hookups, ski huts, farmhouses, tepees, tree houses, and cabins  —  Can a startup save the wilderness by disrupting it?  —  In Northern California, booking a public campsite is a blood sport.
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