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December 7, 2019, 6:20 PM

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Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Nancy Pelosi is pushing to remove language similar to Section 230 from the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which could delay its passage in the House  —  New opposition from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week left the tech industry at risk of losing a cherished trade deal provision that could help cement its liability shield.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Reddit says a leak of official US-UK trade documents on its platform was part of a Russian political influence campaign, bans 61 accounts and one subreddit  —  Reddit bans 61 accounts and one subreddit for “misuse of the platform.”  —  Reddit said today that a leak of official US-UK trade documents …
Caroline Spivack / Curbed NY:
Report: Amazon leases 335K square feet of office space in NYC without any tax incentives, less than a year after pulling out of its larger HQ2 campus deal  —  Amazon is renting new office space in the Hudson Yards neighborhood.  Max Touhey  —  The e-commerce titan remains interested in the Big Apple
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at the mixed legacy of Alphabet's organizational structure, which sometimes led to the duplication of efforts among Google and Alphabet's other companies  —  With Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepping back (again!), Google CEO Sundar Pichai is now in charge of Alphabet—and its dysfunction.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
In safety report, Uber says only 37% of the 464 rape cases during its US rides in 2017 and 2018 were reported to law enforcement  —  Buried inside Uber's inaugural safety report this week that detailed thousands of sexual assaults and more than 100 deaths was another staggering revelation …
Kate Conger / New York Times:
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.
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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