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December 14, 2020, 1:05 AM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: state-backed Russian hacking group APT29, or Cozy Bear, is behind the hacks of US Treasury, NTIA, and FireEye  —  The Russian government hackers who breached a top cybersecurity firm are behind a global espionage campaign that also compromised the Treasury and Commerce departments …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Treasury's hackers used a flaw in a SolarWinds product; SolarWinds, which touts 300K+ customers, says the flaw was the result of a “supply chain attack”  —  Russia's foreign intelligence service is suspected of being behind the hacks  —  WASHINGTON—Multiple federal …
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Sources: state sponsored hackers monitored internal emails at US Treasury and broke into National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Office 365  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking group backed by a foreign government stole information from the U.S. Treasury Department …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources: Apple TV+ was making Scraper, a show about Gawker Media, with several episodes written, then Tim Cook sent an email about it and the project was killed  —  Big tech companies now exert huge influence over what stories get told.  The message is clear: Be careful who you offend.
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Reddit announces it has acquired short-form video app and TikTok rival Dubsmash  —  Reddit is where passionate communities come together for authentic exchanges about the topics that matter to them.  Video is increasingly core to how people want to connect, and as we continue to grow our community …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook fears cracking down on Hindu extremist groups in India because of the likelihood that it could lead to violence toward its staff  —  Social media giant's security team cites possible attacks if extremist Hindu groups are kicked off platform
Washington Post:
Marketing materials on a Huawei website detailed surveillance tech to detect people's ethnicity and help suppress protests, co-created with partners like Megvii  —  Facing international outcry over its testing of a “Uighur alarm” system, Huawei said it is committed to human rights “at the highest level.”
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: EA has ignited a bidding war for Codemasters, topping Take-Two Interactive's £725M offer that was agreed upon last month for the British game developer  —  The $40bn US-based games giant EA has ignited a bidding war for Britain's Codemasters, Sky News understands.  —  Created with Sketch.
GlobeNewswire:
Vista Equity Partners announces it is acquiring Utah-based IT training and workforce development company Pluralsight for $3.5B  —  Vista to acquire all outstanding shares of Pluralsight for $20.26 per share in cash  —  Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS), the technology workforce development company …
Rakesh Prakash / Times of India:
Violent unrest erupts at Wistron's iPhone manufacturing plant near Bengaluru in India, sources say over the company's failure to pay promised wages  —  A screenshot of the video showing employees damaging properties at the iPhone manufacturing plant.  —  BENGALURU: The iPhone manufacturing plant …

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