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    The Guardian

    Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart — Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’

    Tweets: @shahidkamal @ibrahb @laurasnapes @mariellaf1 @elenistefanou @JRhodesPianist @DancingTheMind
    Michael Grothaus
    Fast Company

    Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping apart society — After listening to Facebook’s former vice president for user growth, Chamath Palihapitiya’s talk he gave recently at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, you’ll probably think twice about your social media use (via the Verge). The entire talk is well worth a watch, but...

    The Hacker News

    Collection of 1.4 Billion Plain-Text Leaked Passwords Found Circulating Online — A massive collection of 1.4 billion pain-text leaked passwords from data breaches found is circulating online on dark web and torrent sites.


    People are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin — Bitcoin is sitting at $16,674 at the time of writing, after rocketing from $1,000 to more than $19,000 in the course of this year. Those types of eye-catching n...

    Tweets: @DavidPapp
    Michael Grothaus
    Fast Company

    Bitcoin futures surged as much as 26% on their first day — Futures of the cryptocurrency made their debut on the Cboe Global Markets exchange on December 10th, reports Bloomberg. With a 26% climb in its first session, the exchanged needed to halt trading twice after bitcoin futures surged 10% and then 20%. Bloomberg says bitcoin futures ...

    Karl Bode

    The FCC Is Blocking a Law Enforcement Investigation Into Net Neutrality Comment Fraud — In addition, the agency told me there was nothing it could do after someone hijacked my identity to claim I falsely supported killing net neutrality protections.

    Tweets: @motherboard @craignewmark
    Mike Masnick

    The Free Market Argument For Net Neutrality — On Thursday of this week, the FCC will vote to undue the 2015 Open Internet Order. While the FCC insists that this will just be bringing back the internet to the regulatory framework it had prior to 2015, that is not true. It will be changing the very...

    The Next Web

    IOTA admits it has no formal partnership with Microsoft — IOTA founder Dominik Schiener has confirmed the cryptocurrency firm has no formal partnership with Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft considers them a client.

    Tweets: @TheNextWeb @TheNextWeb
    Joe Rossignol
    Mac Rumors

    iMac Pro Available to Order December 14, Starting at $4,999 — Apple today announced the iMac Pro will be available to order on Thursday, December 14. Pricing starts at $4,999 in the United States. ...

    Tweets: @MacRumors

    Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet — The platform sent a tweet addressing the "53 people" that have watched the film 18 days in a row.


    While you were watching bitcoin, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency hit a big milestone — Ethereum is the second-largest cryptocurrency by market value, according to Coinmarketcap data.

    The Hacker News

    Google Researcher Releases iOS Exploit—Could Enable iOS 11 Jailbreak — Google's Project Zero researcher Ian Beer released iOS 11.1.2 exploit that could be used to build an iOS 11 Jailbreak tool.

    Brian Castner

    Exclusive: Tracing ISIS’ Weapons Supply Chain—Back to the US — The Islamic State is designing and mass-producing its own advanced munitions—with parts from all over the world.

    Tweets: @PatrickOsgood @Brian_Castner
    USA Today

    Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to teach every Chicago public school student to code — With tech facing criticism for lack of diversity, Apple pushes coding initiative to a district where about 84% of students are black or Latino.

    Discussion: Silicon Beat
    Ingrid Lunden

    Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65 — Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city's tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by..

    Discussion: CNBC
    Joe Rossignol
    Mac Rumors

    Phil Schiller Says iPad Pro Can Both Supplement and Replace the Mac — Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller believes the iPad Pro can be both a PC replacement and a supplementary device to the Mac. In a...

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