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December 24, 2019, 9:05 PM

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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Uber says Travis Kalanick, its former CEO, will step down from the company's board of directors effective Dec. 31; Kalanick has sold all of his stock in Uber  —  - Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick is leaving the board effective Dec. 31.  — Kalanick was ousted as CEO in 2017 but remained a director.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researcher says he was able to match 17M phone numbers to Twitter user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter's Android app, before Twitter blocked his effort  —  A security researcher said he has matched 17 million phone numbers to Twitter user accounts by exploiting a flaw in Twitter's Android app.
Natalie Wexler / MIT Technology Review:
Educators and school administrators love digital devices that studies show mostly have a negative impact on learning, harming lower performing students the most  —  Educators love digital devices, but there's little evidence they help children—especially those who most need help.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Many schools in the US, including Syracuse U., track students' phones to monitor class attendance, as some worry it desensitizes students to 24/7 surveillance  —  When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin's Introduction to Information Technologies class …
ProPublica:
Sources show how Amazon repeatedly delayed or scrapped investments in common industry practices like onroad safety training, as it built out its driver network  —  As they prepared for last year's holiday rush, managers at Amazon unveiled a plan to make the company's sprawling delivery network the safest in the world.
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Twitter blocks animated PNGs, saying a bug had allowed them, and that they did not respect autoplay settings so could be used to harm people sensitive to motion  —  Twitter will no longer animate PNG files after trolls hijacked the Epilepsy Foundation's handle and hashtags last month …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Report: APT20, a Chinese government-linked hacking group, has bypassed key fob-enabled 2FA in recent attacks on government orgs and managed service providers  —  Chinese state-sponsored group APT20 has been busy hacking government entities and managed service providers.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Researchers: unpatched flaws in Citrix products leave 80,000+ businesses potentially vulnerable to unauthorized network access; Cisco shares steps to mitigate  —  A newly discovered vulnerability impacting the Citrix Application Delivery Controller (NetScaler ADC) and the Citrix Gateway …
Bloomberg:
Sources: earlier this year, YouTube considered screening all videos for kids under 8 in YouTube Kids but dropped the idea to avoid looking like a media company  —  YouTube spent 2019 answering critics with some of the most drastic changes in its 15-year history.
Paddy Baker / CoinDesk:
Hedera Hashgraph, which has raised $100M+ in 2018 ICO, asks investors to wait longer for purchased tokens, to help stabilize their cratering price  —  Hedera Hashgraph, the company behind the blockchain-like Hedera network, is asking investors to wait longer for tokens they paid for, in order to stabilize their cratering price.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Dish increases price of both Sling TV packages, Orange and Blue, by $5 to $30/month, gives all users 10 hours of cloud-based DVR storage and additional channels  —  The cheap days of Sling TV are over  —  The cheap days of Sling TV are over.  Dish's internet TV service is raising the price …

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