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December 15, 2020, 9:30 AM

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Reuters:
SolarWinds: under 18,000 customers were compromised between March and June via an update to its Orion software, leading to DHS, Treasury, Commerce Dept. hacks  —  LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. IT company SolarWinds said on Monday that up to 18,000 of its customers had downloaded …
Reuters:
Sources: state-sponsored hackers accessed US DHS internal communications as part of the campaign that penetrated US Treasury and Commerce departments  —  A team of sophisticated hackers believed to be working for the Russian government won access to internal communications at the U.S. Department …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Ireland fines Twitter €450K for failing to promptly declare and document a data breach, in Europe's first GDPR decision of its kind  —  Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has issued Twitter with a fine of €450,000 (~$547k) for failing to promptly declare and properly document …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
FTC orders Amazon, ByteDance, Discord, Facebook and WhatsApp, Reddit, Snap, Twitter, and YouTube to share info on how they collect and use their users' data  —  - The Federal Trade Commission is requiring nine tech companies to share information about how they collect and use data from their users, the agency announced Monday.
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Pinterest to pay $22.5M to settle a gender discrimination suit brought by ex-COO Françoise Brougher, who said she was fired after speaking up about mistreatment  —  The suit had been brought by Françoise Brougher, Pinterest's former chief operating officer, who said she was fired after speaking up about mistreatment.
Financial Times:
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Critics and competitors argue that Google's massive web index, far surpassing its rivals in size, should be the focus of antitrust scrutiny  —  As regulators seek ways to curb the company's power, there is more focus on the vast index — hundreds of billion of web pages — behind its search engine.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple releases iOS 14.3 and macOS Big Sur 11.1 and launches its app privacy labels across all of its App Stores  —  At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the company announced it would soon require developers to disclose their app's privacy practices to customers via new …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Jason Nelson / Decrypt:
Pornhub appears to be only accepting cryptocurrency for its premium service after Visa and Mastercard cut off payments to the website last week  —  It appears that Pornhub, the world's largest adult website, is only accepting crypto for its premium service.
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
California regulators fine Uber $59M for failing to give info on sexual assault cases, will cancel license if Uber fails to pay and provide info within 30 days  —  It has 30 days to pay — and answer — or risk suspension in California  —  Uber has 30 days to pay a $59 million fine …
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple plans to produce up to 96M iPhones for H1 2021, a nearly 30% YoY increase, and is also working on a new Apple TV for next year  —  Robust orders come as smartphone industry faces severe parts shortages  —  TAIPEI — Apple plans to produce up to 96 million iPhones for the first half of 2021 …

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