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December 25, 2020, 11:55 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
In unsealed court docs, Facebook managers appeared to admit to major flaws in ad targeting capabilities in 2016 and wondered if they were misleading advertisers  —  Facebook is currently waging a PR campaign purporting to show that Apple is seriously injuring American small businesses through its iOS privacy features.
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.
Nicole Carpenter / Polygon:
CD Projekt sued in CA federal court by investor seeking class action status, claiming the company made “false and/or misleading” statements about Cyberpunk 2077  —  A New York-based law firm filed the lawsuit on Thursday  —  After a rocky Cyberpunk 2077 launch earlier in December …

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