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December 6, 2019, 6:55 PM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Report: Magic Leap sold ~6,000 headsets in six months after release, compared to a goal of 100,000 in the first year, and recently laid off dozens of employees  —  And Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly left its board  —  Magic Leap's sales numbers reportedly haven't matched CEO Rony …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders unveils a “High-Speed Internet for All” plan with $150B to build publicly owned broadband networks, wants to break up ISPs like Comcast and AT&T  —  - Bernie Sanders announces a plan to expand rural broadband internet access and break up giant internet service providers.
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
Sources: Galaxy S11 and Galaxy Fold clamshell to sport a 108MP sensor for the main camera and 5x optical zoom, with S11 also getting an ultrawide-angle lens  —  - The Galaxy S11 and clamshell Galaxy Fold will feature 5x zoom  — Next flagship to have almost every camera phone feature
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Adobe is acquiring Oculus Medium, a virtual reality sculpting tool launched in 2015, from Facebook  —  New updates will be coming in 2020  —  Adobe is acquiring Oculus Medium, a virtual reality sculpting tool originally revealed by the Facebook-owned VR company in 2015.
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
Facebook's tactic of announcing features for a small minority of its users often garners positive press coverage, even if the features aren't live for most  —  Yesterday, Facebook announced an uncharacteristically useful tool, one that would transfer photos from a user's Facebook account to their Google Photos account.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Survey: 50% plan to subscribe to new OTT services, of which 64% intend to downgrade or cancel existing subs; users say they spend ~$76/month on average on video  —  25% of people are actively looking to cancel video subscriptions, according to a new PwC survey  —  Key Insights:
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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
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.
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Profile of VSCO, a photo-sharing app with a reported valuation of $550M, which is trending towards 4M paying users in 2020, up from 2M in late 2018  —  No likes, no comments, no follower count — VSCO sells a sense of belonging  —  Long before Instagram toyed with removing “likes,” VSCO …

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