December 19, 2019, 11:17 AM

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New York Times:
Leaked dataset from a location data company reveals a log of the movements of 12M+ Americans with 50B location pings across major cities between 2016 and 2017  —  EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies — largely unregulated, little scrutinized …
Los Angeles Times:
MyShake, an app that uses data from the USGS alert system that senses earthquakes, sent out its first public alert for a 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday  —  In a milestone, California's new statewide earthquake early warning cellphone app sent out its first public alert for a magnitude 4.3 earthquake …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Lawmakers balk after Facebook explains how it collects and monetizes location data of users who have denied location services in their smartphone OS for its app  —  - In response to a letter from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Facebook explained why it tracks users' locations …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook acquires Spanish cloud gaming startup PlayGiga, reportedly for ~€70M  —  - Facebook has acquired PlayGiga, a Madrid-based company that specializes in cloud gaming.  — Over the past few years, Facebook has been expanding its efforts in gaming.
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance announce a partnership to create a universal smart home standard, called the “Project Connected Home over IP”  —  - Amazon, Apple, Google and the Zigbee Alliance announced a new partnership.  — It's called Project Connected Home over IP …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
US government says Uber will pay $4.4M to victims of alleged gender discrimination and strengthen sexual harassment defenses, following an EEOC investigation  —  An Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation found “reasonable cause to believe that Uber permitted a culture …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify is prototyping Tastebuds, a social feature that allows users to interact with and discover music by searching the people they follow  —  Spotify is prototyping a new way to see what friends have been listening to, called “Tastebuds.”  Despite how discovering music is inherently social …

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