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December 11, 2020, 12:05 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Microsoft releases a preview of x64 emulation on Windows for ARM, available to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel  —  All your apps should now run on ARM  —  Microsoft is finally releasing x64 emulation on Windows for ARM to testers today, after announcing that the feature was coming back in September.
Kyunghee Park / Bloomberg:
Hyundai buys an 80% stake in Boston Dynamics in a deal that values the robot company at $1.1B  —  - SoftBank, affiliates to retain 20% interest in U.S. company  — South Korean group develops robots for practical use  —  Hyundai Motor Group agreed to buy a controlling stake …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: SVP of hardware tech Johny Srouji told staff that Apple has started working on its own cellular modem for future devices, to replace Qualcomm chips  —  - Component would eventually replace mobile chips from Qualcomm  — Srouji describes in-house design efforts in town hall meeting
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney will raise the cost of Disney+ to $7.99 per month, up from $6.99, in the US starting in March 2021, as the company heavily invests in content offerings  —  The service's first price hike  —  Disney Plus is following Netflix and introducing a $1 price hike for subscribers in the United States, raising it to $7.99 a month.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Tim Cook says it “seems likely” that the majority of teams at Apple won't be back at the office before June 2021  —  - CEO discusses work through pandemic in meeting with employees  — Cook suggests company may be more flexible about remote work
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Brave introduces Brave Today, a news reader designed around privacy, powered by Brave's new CDN which delivers feeds anonymously to users  —  By design, Brave Today doesn't let the company or third parties build user profiles.  —  Brave Software, maker of the Brave Web browser …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Facebook doxes and suspends accounts of APT32, one of the most active state-sponsored hacking groups that began in 2014, linking it to an IT group in Vietnam  —  Facebook suspends accounts linked to APT32, says the group used its platform to spread malware.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Airbnb closes at $144, up from its $68 IPO price, on its first day of trading, giving it a market cap of about $86.5B and more than doubling its IPO valuation  —  - Airbnb opened at $146 per share on its first day of trading on Thursday, more than doubling the $68 per share price set for its IPO the day before.
New York Times:
Legal experts say FTC and state AGs will find it challenging to prove their allegations against Facebook because the standards of proof are formidable  —  The U.S. and states cases against the social network are far from a slam dunk because the standards of proof are formidable.
Washington Post:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Jennifer Surane / Bloomberg:
Mastercard says it won't allow its cards to be used on Pornhub after the payment network's review of the site uncovered unlawful content  —  Mastercard Inc. said it won't allow its cards to be used on Pornhub.com after the network's review of the website uncovered unlawful content.
Chip Cutter / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon says it aims to provide free training to 29M people worldwide, who are not already employed by the company, in cloud computing skills by 2025  —  New programs seek to help people from Montana to Nigeria attain roles ranging from tech support to machine learning

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