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December 20, 2019, 6:30 AM

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Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Convenience store chain Wawa discloses a data breach across its 700 stores over the past nine months that may have exposed customer and credit card details  —  The breach may have affected all 700 stores over the past nine months.  —  If you used your credit card or debit card to buy gas …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Study of 189 facial recognition algorithms shows they misidentify people of color more often than white people, confirming facial recognition tech's racial bias  —  Facial-recognition systems misidentified people of color more often than white people, a landmark federal study released Thursday shows …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Report: Facebook has tasked a co-author of Windows NT with building an OS from scratch, in order to stop relying on Android for products like Oculus and Portal  —  Facebook doesn't want its hardware like Oculus and Portal to be at the mercy of Google because they rely on its Android operating system.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google acquires Montreal-based game development house Typhoon Studios as part of its plan to create exclusive content for Stadia  —  Google's Stadia cloud gaming division has acquired Typhoon Studio, a Montreal-based triple-A game development house.  —  The move is part of Stadia's plan …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Congress passes the TRACED Act, enabling fines of up to $10K per robocall and requiring carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN protocol to identify spoofed numbers  —  A holiday gift for anyone with a phone  —  After months of negotiations, Congress approved a landmark bill on Thursday to stop the flood of illegal robocalls.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
According to a new report from Have I Been Pwned, 170M emails along with usernames and hashed passwords were stolen in the Zynga breach in September  —  If you're still playing Words with Friends or Draw Something, you should change your password  —  A September password breach …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
F5 Networks says it will acquire AI-powered fraud prevention platform Shape Security for around $1B in cash  —  F5 Networks will pay approximately $1 billion to acquire Shape Security, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that sells a fraud prevention platform to banks, airlines, retailers, government agencies, and more.
Andrew O'Hara / AppleInsider:
Apple open sources parts of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit allowing anyone to prototype HomeKit devices  —  Apple has published an open-source version of its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit, allowing more users to experiment with the development of HomeKit accessories.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook bans misleading posts, photos, ads, and other content about the 2020 US Census, even if posted by a politician, on Facebook and Instagram  —  The new rules, announced Thursday, includes those placed by politicians  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook will remove posts …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
OnePlus unveils a bug bounty program with rewards from $50-$7,000 open to any security expert and a bug bounty partnership with HackerOne for select researchers  —  You can earn up to $7,000 for submitting a bug  —  OnePlus announced its second data breach in two years back in November …
Chris Eggertsen / Billboard:
Jury finds Cox Communications liable for its customers' piracy of 10,000+ musical works, awards $1B to Sony Music, EMI, Universal, and Warner Music  —  Cox Communications was found liable for piracy infringement of more than 10,000 musical works by a U.S. District Court jury in Virgina on Thursday …

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