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December 10, 2019, 9:15 AM

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Shaun Nichols / The Register:
Apple sues former chief architect of the iPhone and iPad microprocessors, who quit in February to start data center chip startup Nuvia, for breach of contract  —  CEO accused of breaching contract with Cupertino, fires back in court  —  Apple is suing the former chief architect of its iPhone …
Gregory Barber / Wired:
Analysis shows five cities, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, San Diego, and Boston, gained the lion's share of “innovation industry” US jobs from 2005 to 2017  —  Five coastal cities—San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, San Diego, and Boston—gained the lion's share of lucrative “innovation industry” jobs from 2005 to 2017.
Miles Kruppa / Financial Times:
Dog walking startup Wag says SoftBank no longer has board seats; source: SoftBank has sold its stake back to Wag at a loss after investing $300M in January 2018  —  SoftBank Group agreed to sell its nearly 50 per cent stake in Wag back to the dog walking company, ending a disappointing investment …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Report: since Apple debuted Intelligent Tracking Prevention, the cost for advertisers to reach Safari users has dropped 60%+, as such ads are less desirable  —  In the two years since Apple released Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature that keeps websites from tracking users around the web …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Oculus Quest becomes the first VR set with native hand tracking, available to users as an experimental feature this week and with an SDK for devs next week  —  Goes live “this week;” promising October tease has us cautiously optimistic.  —  3 with  Starting this week …
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
GitHub COO says the company is considering a China-based branch as Chinese developers worry about losing access to open-source software amid US sanctions  —  GitHub, the world's biggest software development platform, is looking to open a subsidiary in China, as the Chinese government tries …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google brings incognito mode for Google Maps, where users' activity is not saved to their Google Account, to iOS  —  Soon, iOS users will be able to tap Google Maps for navigation and location searches without revealing their personal data.  In a blog post, Google today announced that Incognito Mode …
IDC:
Global shipments of wearable devices totaled a record 84.5M units in 3Q'19, a YoY increase of 94.6%; hearables alone accounted for almost half the shipments  —  Global shipments of wearable devices totaled 84.5 million units in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), a year-over-year increase …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ads with millions of views have pushed misinfo about HIV prevention drugs; LGBT advocates say FB's refusal to take them down is harming public health  —  Fifty-two top LGBT advocates say the company has ignored their calls to action, creating a major public-health concern that puts patients at risk.

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