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December 27, 2019, 5:40 PM

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Reuters:
Mastercard SpendingPulse: US online holiday sales from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24 grew 18.8% YoY, for a 14.6% share of the total retail sales during the period  —  (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers spent more online during this year's holiday shopping season, a report by Mastercard Inc (MA.N) …
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Spotify will suspend political ads in early 2020, citing the lack of tools to review them; source: political ads are not a significant source of its revenue  —  Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and the RNC are among Spotify advertisers  —  Spotify is suspending the sale of political advertising …
Benedict Evans:
Amazon has ~35% of US ecommerce and ~6% of addressable US retail, and is two thirds the size of Walmart, which would make an antitrust case against it difficult  —  - Amazon is a big company, but what does that mean?  How big is ‘big’?  What does ‘dominant’ or ‘scale’ or ‘huge’ mean when US retail is $6 trillion a year?
David Porter / 8tracks blog:
As 8tracks prepares to shut down on December 31, its co-founder shares a post-mortem of what went wrong with the once-promising music streaming startup  —  8tracks has had a long run and its day in the sun.  We're sad to announce, however, that the company and its streaming service will wind …
Financial Times:
All 20 standards proposals related to surveillance tech received by UN's ITU since 2016 have come from Chinese companies like Huawei, ZTE, and Hikvision  —  Chinese companies have made every submission to the UN for international standards on surveillance technology in the past three years …
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 …
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.

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