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December 14, 2019, 11:55 PM

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New Orleans Times-Picayune:
New Orleans declares state of emergency, shuts down its network after a ransomware attack on Friday, says it had found no signs that data was lost in the attack  —  Collin Arnold, the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, speaks during the press conference …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Researchers claim they used 3D masks and photos to deceive facial recognition systems used by Alipay, WeChat Pay, Schiphol Airport, and train stations in China  —  Masks and simple photographs are enough to fool some facial recognition technology, highlighting a major shortcoming in what is billed as a more effective security tool.
Brian Merchant / Harper's Magazine:
A look at the rise of murder-for-hire marketplaces on the dark web, the vast majority of which are schemes to pilfer money from gullible users  —  The dark world of online murder markets  —  On a sunny July day in 2018, Alexis Stern was sitting behind the wheel of the red Ford Fusion …
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Music streaming subscription prices have remained flat for a decade, amid competition from tech giants like Apple that can operate their music arms at a loss  —  The price of music streaming has stayed flat for a decade, but not because tech companies are generous
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:
Q&A with Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins about its new business line - standalone networking chips to win big datacenter clients like Facebook and Microsoft  —  Cisco is best known for selling routers and switches, but now the networking giant is expanding into the highly-competitive business of selling computer chips.
Financial Times:
Fintech startups in Asia are proving to be formidable competitors to traditional banks, offering a slew of financial services, but many are bleeding cash  —  Rice Basket Queen is the name of a stall run by Ruri Ruhyaty in a bustling suburb of Jakarta.  A year ago it was typical of thousands of others.

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