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December 15, 2019, 7:00 AM

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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 …
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.
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
Michael Hytha / Bloomberg:
China-based autonomous air taxi company EHang closed at $12.49 in its first day of trading on Thursday, down one cent from its US IPO price after raising $40M  —  EHang Holdings Ltd., one of several companies seeking to commercialize autonomous taxi aircraft, closed its first day of trading …
The Economic Times:
Flipkart and Walmart invest in Ninjacart, a Bangalore-based fresh produce supply chain startup; sources had said earlier that Walmart could invest up to $50M  —  India's largest online retailer, Flipkart, and its US-based parent entity Walmart have jointly invested an undisclosed sum …
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.

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