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December 5, 2019, 1:55 PM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple says iPhone 11 Pro shares location data even when the feature is turned off due to ultra wideband tech, will provide a new toggle in an upcoming update  —  This week, security reporter Brian Krebs asked why the newest iPhone 11 Pro appeared to be sending out a user's location …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
DOJ charges a Russian citizen, accusing him of leading a hacker group called “Evil Corp” behind the Dridex malware, which allegedly stole $100M+ from banks  —  U.S. prosecutors have brought computer hacking and fraud charges against a Russian citizen, Maksim Yakubets …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple to launch an iPhone in 2021 without a Lightning port, offering a “completely wireless experience”, and an iPhone SE with Touch ID in the power button  —  Apple plans to launch an iPhone without a Lightning connector in 2021, according to a research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors.
Li Tao / South China Morning Post:
Huawei files a lawsuit in a US appeals court against an FCC order that bans 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 as a national security threat …
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
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 …
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
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
After criticism, DHS drops a proposal to expand facial recognition scans to US citizens arriving and departing the country  —  Homeland Security has confirmed it will not expand face recognition scans to U.S. citizens arriving and departing the country, days after it emerged the agency proposed making the scans for citizens mandatory.
More: Axios, Fortune, and Nextgov
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sao Paolo-based mobile game maker Wildlife Studios, which says it will reach 2B downloads by the end of 2019, raises $60M, at a valuation of $1.3B  —  Wildlife Studios has quietly reached more than 2 billion mobile game downloads in the past eight years, and that's one of the reasons …
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, who has been on a leave for the past six months, is joining Google to work on “opportunities and impacts of applied AI”  —  The co-founder of DeepMind, the UK's leading artificial intelligence company, is leaving to take up a role at sister company Google in the US.

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