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December 5, 2019, 5:35 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 …
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.
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 …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Qualcomm unveils 5G-compatible Snapdragon XR2 to power standalone headsets, says it is working with Niantic Labs to develop a reference design for smart glasses  —  VR headsets take you places and AR headsets show you things in the real world that aren't really there.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft brings Fluent Design to mobile Office apps, creates mobile UI toolkits to let third-party developers adopt Fluent Design elements in their apps  —  Nearly a decade ago, Microsoft launched its Windows Phone platform with the promise that its software would free users from their phones.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Sundar Pichai's most important job now is to stabilize Google's internal culture, which became increasingly closed and antagonistic during his tenure as CEO  —  Yesterday's news that Sundar Pichai is taking on the new role of CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet was not exactly a “knock you over with a feather” kind of announcement.
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 …
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

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