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December 5, 2019, 10:50 AM

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Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
Huawei files lawsuit with a federal appeals court against the FCC's decision to bar rural carriers from using federal subsidies to buy Huawei's equipment  —  Huawei says FCC order is unlawful as it does not give Huawei required due process protections in labelling the company …
Bloomberg:
Sources: FTC investigators, who have been looking into Amazon's e-commerce business, have begun asking software companies about Amazon's practices around AWS  —  - FTC said to broaden Amazon inquiry beyond online retail  — Amazon's cloud business leads market over No. 2 Microsoft
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC investigation finds Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated 4G coverage in official filings to the FCC; Ajit Pai has no plans to punish the carriers  —  FCC buries investigation's finding in 5G press release, won't punish carriers.  —  49 with 42 posters participating
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
An in-depth look at Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 865 and 765 chips, and why Snapdragon 865 does not come with an integrated 5G modem  —  We're here in Maui for the second day of Qualcomm's fourth annual Snapdragon summit, for what is probably the most exciting part of the event …
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
Internet Society says private equity firm Ethos Capital will pay $1.135B for the .org top level domain registry  —  Anger rises over ten-figure sale of registry  —  Analysis The price tag for one of the internet's largest and most important domain-name registries has finally been revealed: $1.135bn.
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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Kashmiris, who are subject to an ongoing four month internet shutdown, are losing their WhatsApp accounts because of the platform's policy on inactive accounts  —  On Wednesday, Kashmiris began disappearing from WhatsApp — and no one initially knew why.  Citizens of the disputed geographical territory …
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Alibaba-backed Chinese startup AutoX applies to test self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver in California  —  (Reuters) - Chinese startup AutoX, backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba, has applied to test self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver in California …
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Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Sources: Microsoft is planning a cheaper, disc-free Xbox, codenamed Lockhart, to go alongside its high-end Project Scarlett console  —  In June, Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, a new iteration of the Xbox that the company said would “set a new bar for console power, speed and performance.”
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Analysis: Series A and Series B rounds have annually accounted for between 21% and 37% of total $100M+ VC rounds across the globe since 2010  —  It's become the norm for some private tech companies to raise in a single round what VC firms raise for an entire new fund.
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Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Instagram says it will now require birthdates from new users, in order to improve safety features for minors and better target ads for age-restricted products  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said it will require birthdates from all new users starting on Wednesday …

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