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December 5, 2019, 12:15 PM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
DOJ charges a Russian hacker accused of leading Evil Corp, which oversaw the creation of banking malware Dridex, allegedly used to steal $100M+  —  U.S. prosecutors have brought computer hacking and fraud charges against a Russian citizen, Maksim Yakubets, who is accused of developing …
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
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Ming-Chi Kuo: the highest-end model in the 2021 iPhone lineup will launch without a Lightning port, offering a “completely wireless experience”  —  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.
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
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 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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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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