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December 6, 2019, 12:45 AM

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Kate Conger / New York Times:
In report, Uber discloses 3,045 sexual assaults, 9 murders, and 58 people killed in crashes out of its 1.3B US rides in 2018  —  In its first safety report, the ride-hailing company detailed sexual assaults, murders and fatal crashes through its platform.  —  SAN FRANCISCO …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
DOJ charges two members of Evil Corp, a Russian hacker gang behind the Dridex malware, which allegedly stole $100M+ from banks; US Treasury sanctions Evil Corp  —  The US is charging Maksim Yakubets over two of the biggest cybertheft campaigns of the last decade, and offers a record reward for information on the case.
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.
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.
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung Galaxy S11 will have a 108MP sensor, an ultrawide-angle lens, 5x optical zoom, and time-of-flight sensor for depth detection  —  - The Galaxy S11 and clamshell Galaxy Fold will feature 5x zoom  — Next flagship to have almost every camera phone feature
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku:
Fourteen former Razer employees say company CEO Min-Liang Tan instituted and celebrated a culture of fear; Tan says violent threats were “figurative or in jest”  —  Min-Liang Tan was “officially pissed off,” he wrote in an email to members of Razer's marketing team in February of 2014.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8c, with a Kryo 490 CPU, Adreno 675 GPU, and X24 LTE modem, and a lower-end 7c chip; both designed for budget Windows laptops  —  The Snapdragon 8c and 7c join the high-end 8cx  —  Qualcomm has had big ambitions for ARM-powered Windows laptops for years.
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.
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.

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