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December 25, 2020, 8:15 PM

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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
As streaming platforms like Netflix have grown, political films they used to seek out, like The Dissident, on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, are being shunned  —  Bryan Fogel's examination of the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi had trouble finding a home among the companies …
Ankit Malhotra / Counterpoint Research:
With 31% market share, MediaTek becomes the biggest smartphone SoC vendor globally in Q3, surpassing Qualcomm, which remains the largest 5G chipset vendor  —  - More than 100 million smartphones were sold globally with MediaTek chipsets in Q3 2020.  — Qualcomm led the market for 5G chipsets in Q3 2020.
Lorraine Longhi / The Copper Courier:
Some GoDaddy employees are upset after the company sent a phishing email scam to test its employees, with the email promising a $650 one-time holiday bonus  —  GoDaddy surpassed 20 million customers this year and laid off or reassigned hundreds of employees during the coronavirus pandemic in Arizona, Iowa, and Texas.
Dipayan Ghosh / Wired:
Facebook's claims that SMBs will suffer from iOS's privacy changes seem exaggerated when examining the technical changes Facebook announced in response  —  The social media giant would have you believe that Apple's privacy update will hurt the little guys.  But Facebook's motives aren't so altruistic.
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
European tech executives and diplomats privately complain US sanctions on Huawei shut them out of the Chinese market while offering exceptions for US companies  —  Business says EU groups are losing out on licences to sell to blacklisted Chinese companies  —  European tech executives …
Sara Morrison / Vox:
Privacy laws in the US had momentum at the beginning of 2020, but the pandemic has focused Congress elsewhere and forced everyone to give up more data online  —  Our lives moved online in 2020.  Too bad privacy laws didn't.  —  As a digital privacy reporter, I try to avoid sites and services …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NewsGuard: 17% of engagement among the top 100 news sources on social media in 2020 was with sources NewsGuard considers unreliable, compared to 8% in 2019  —  Unreliable news websites significantly increased their share of engagement among the top performing news sources on social media this year …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Citrix confirmed ADC networking equipment is being actively exploited to amplify DDoS attacks against a “small number of customers”; patch expected mid-January  —  Citrix says it's working on a fix, expected next year.  —  Threat actors have discovered a way to bounce …
Washington Post:
A study using 96K searches found that Google News put far more national news outlets than local outlets at the top of search results, even for local queries  —  Our audit reveals that Google News sends readers — and advertising dollars — away from local news outlets.

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