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December 27, 2019, 11:30 AM

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Chuin-Wei Yap / Wall Street Journal:
Huawei got ~$46B in loans from Chinese state lenders, saved $25B in taxes from state incentives, $2B in land discounts, and $1.6B in grants in the last 25 years  —  China's tech champion got as much as $75 billion in tax breaks, financing and cheap resources as it became the world's top telecom vendor
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Facebook Messenger now requires a Facebook account to sign up, removing the option to use a phone number, says a vast majority of users log in through Facebook  —  Facebook has quietly removed the ability to sign up for Messenger without a Facebook account, the company confirmed to VentureBeat this afternoon.
William Feuer / CNBC:
FAA proposes new rule requiring most drones to implement remote ID systems that allow tracking by law enforcement, envisions compliance within three years  —  - The rule will implement a remote ID system to identify and track drones in real-time.  — Such a rule has long been in the works.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
NY governor has vetoed a bill that would have legalized e-bikes/scooters citing safety concerns; bill was overwhelmingly passed in June by the NY legislature  —  He just vetoed a bill that was overwhelmingly passed in June  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast is in advanced talks to acquire Xumo, which offers an ad-supported video streaming service, as Comcast prepares to launch NBC's Peacock  —  Deal would help cable giant's digital-video ambitions as it prepares to launch its own video-streaming service
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube gives creators more ways to handle copyright disputes with a YouTube Studio update that includes an Assisted Trim tool to edit out claimed content  —  An automatic trim feature helps directly tackle the problem  —  YouTube's recent Studio update is finally giving people an easier way to deal with copyright claim disputes.
Varun Mishra / Counterpoint Research:
iPhone XR has been the top-selling model globally in every quarter since Q4 2018 and contributed to over one-quarter of total Apple sales in Q3 2019  —  According to Counterpoint Research's Market Pulse, the iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in Q3 2019, capturing 3% market share.
Amanda Keton / Wikimedia Foundation:
Wikimedia says India's proposed intermediary liability rules will impact Wikipedia and limit access to information online, urges government to redraft rules  —  The Wikimedia Foundation is deeply concerned about new proposed changes to India's intermediary liability rules …
Associated Press:
Turkey's top court rules that a two-year ban on Wikipedia violates freedom of expression; it remains unclear when access to the site will be restored  —  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government's two-year ban …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
A look at Netflix's meteoric growth in the past decade, which saw its stock deliver more than 4,000% return, the best performing among S&P 500 companies  —  - Netflix was by far the best performer in the S&P 500 during the decade among companies currently in the index.

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