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December 11, 2020, 4:00 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
BuzzFeed News:
Four key Facebook staffers who dealt with hateful or violent speech have left in recent weeks, calling out leadership for lack of action in their farewell posts  —  On Wednesday, a Facebook data scientist departed the social networking company after a two-year stint, leaving a farewell note for their colleagues to ponder.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has acquired screen-sharing social app Squad whose team will join Twitter, and it will shut down the app tomorrow  —  Today, Twitter announced that it is acquiring Squad and that the team from the screen-sharing social app will be joining Twitter's ranks.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Text inside Twitter's app code suggests that live broadcasting app Periscope may get shut down  —  Twitter has been doubling down on video services within its app, building out Twitter Live and recently launching Fleets so that users can share more moving media alongside their pithy 180-word observations, links and still photos.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
AirPods Max sound great and are very well made, but they're expensive, heavy, and would be amazing living room headphones if Apple TV supported spatial audio  —  What a fascinating product Apple's new AirPods Max are.  At $550, they are indisputably expensive, and at 385 grams, they are undeniably heavy.
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.
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.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Gizmodo:
Public records show school districts across the US are purchasing phone hacking tools from companies like Cellebrite to search students' personal devices  —  In May 2016, a student enrolled in a high-school in Shelbyville, Texas, consented to having his phone searched by one of the district's school resource officers.
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
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:
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.

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