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December 19, 2020, 9:30 AM

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Reuters:
An analysis of publicly available web records shows SolarWinds hackers accessed the networks at Cox Communications and the local government in Pima County, AZ  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Suspected Russian hackers accessed the systems of a U.S. internet provider and a county government in Arizona …
Kim Zetter / Yahoo News:
Sources: hackers conducted a test run of the SolarWinds breach in October 2019, with a version of the malware that didn't have a backdoor embedded in it  —  Hackers who breached federal agency networks through software made by a company called SolarWinds appear to have conducted a test run …
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Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
DOJ charges a China-based executive at Zoom with disrupting video meetings commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre; Zoom says it terminated the employee  —  - Worker accused of disrupting Tiananmen Square commemorations  — Zoom says it fired Xinjiang Jin after internal investigation
Bloomberg:
Sources: Microsoft is working on in-house designs for chips to run its cloud servers and Surface PCs  —  Microsoft Corp. is working on in-house processor designs for use in server computers that run the company's cloud services, adding to an industrywide effort to reduce reliance …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
The only explanation for its ad campaign against Apple is that Facebook has decided shamelessness works, after years of cozying up to the Trump administration  —  The company declared in newspaper ads that it was “standing up to Apple.”  It's a desperate ploy that's unlikely to work.
Will Page / Billboard:
Music streaming may have plateaued with an average of 17.5B streams a week for the past four months, while consumption of games, TikTok, and podcasts increase  —  Has streaming volume really peaked in the U.S., or is the current stalled growth a blip?  —  Music streaming services have continued …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook reports its 2020 election response to US lawmakers, says it took action on 265K posts and 3.3M ad submissions for violating voter interference policies  —  - Company again urges Congress to better regulate the internet  — Report outlines actions taken against voter misinformation

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