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December 5, 2019, 9:00 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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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