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Oculus Quest becomes the first VR set with native hand tracking, available to users as an experimental feature this week and with an SDK for devs next week (Sam Machkovech/Ars Technica)

752,000+ applications for US birth certificate copies are exposed on AWS; neither Amazon nor the firm that collected the data took it down after being alerted (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Google unveils Depth API in ARCore to enable AR depth maps and occlusion, available in its Scene Viewer dev tool and used in Houzz app and Google's AR in Search (Nick Statt/The Verge)

Microsoft says it will finally shut down the to do list app Wunderlist on May 6, 2020, after years of prioritizing its own To Do app (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

TikTok posts a list of videos, makers, memes, dance trends, more that shaped the fastest-growing platform in 2019, and its North America chief talks TikTok fame (Taylor Lorenz/New York Times)

Zeus, a marketplace for long-term corporate housing, raises $55M Series B from Airbnb and others, at a valuation of $205M, says it has a $100M revenue run rate (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

WalkMe, which helps users navigate the UIs of other services with on-screen prompts, raises $90M led by Vitruvian Partners, bringing its total raised to $300M+ (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

How brands and individuals across China are leveraging short video apps for commerce, a trend that can help inform the next frontier for ecommerce in the US (Andreessen Horowitz)

In a new filing, Amazon cites President Trump's determination to "screw Amazon" as the reason for it losing its bid for the JEDI contract (Annie Palmer/CNBC)

Intel unveils the "Horse Ridge" cryogenic control chip that it says can control multiple quantum bits and make quantum computing more commercially viable (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)

Google says it will add new features to Pixels in "feature drops", starting this month with auto call screening on Pixel 4, a post-snap portrait mode, and more (Shenaz Zack/The Keyword)

The Archive Team, which wants to save Yahoo Groups content by uploading it to Internet Archive, says Verizon has blocked the email addresses of its volunteers (Liam Tung/ZDNet)

Suvoda, a SaaS provider of clinical trial software for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, raises $40M from PE firm LLR Partners (FinSMEs)

Education software company Instructure says it is being acquired for $47.60 per share or ~$2B by the private equity firm Thoma Bravo (Jeffrey R. Young/EdSurge)

Pundits proclaimed the death of the PC since the iPad was announced nearly a decade ago, but with 250M+ sold annually, PCs, while not growing, are far from dead (Ed Bott/ZDNet)

A look at Arm China, which has become a key player in China's chip industry and sources say has doubled staff since SoftBank sold control to a Chinese venture (Cheng Ting-Fang/Nikkei Asian Review)

India-based B2B logistics network Shadowfax raises $60M Series D from Flipkart, others, bringing its total raised to $100M, sources say at a valuation of ~$250M (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Report on the hack-for-hire market: attacks that phish 2FA to access email accounts cost $100-$400; such attacks can be prevented with physical security keys (Ariana Mirian/Communications of the ACM)

Beijing orders all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign PC equipment and software within three years, allowing only Chinese-made tech (Australian Financial Review)

Admins of local Facebook groups, which are often a town square, neighborhood watch, and an emergency info service rolled into one, on what it's like to run them (Cameron Wilson/BuzzFeed)

Dolls Kill, an SF-based online boutique for counter-culture fashion, raises $40M Series B from Sequoia, bringing its total raised to $60M (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)

Dara Khosrowshahi on Uber's safety report, why two-thirds of rape cases haven't been reported to the police, and Uber's approach to driver and rider safety (Geoffrey A. Fowler/Washington Post)

Snapchat is testing Cameos, a Bitmoji alternative that lets users replace the faces of people with selfies in Snapchat-made short looping videos (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

How predators are using multiplayer games and chat apps for sextortion of children; DOJ says sextortion is "the most significantly growing threat to children" (New York Times)

A look at Airbnb's efforts to profit from a consumer culture that values experiences with locals, simultaneously personalizing and commoditizing food activities (Deanna Ting/Eater)

China accounted for nearly half of the global facial recognition business in 2018 per IHS, but it is facing competition from rivals from Japan, US, and Israel (Financial Times)

An overview of 5G rollout plans in the US, technical limitations of millimeter-wave, mid-band, and low-band 5G frequencies, the state of 5G hardware, and more (Rob Pegoraro/Ars Technica)

During a conference presentation, Intel CEO blamed company's focus on having 90% CPU marketshare for missing opportunities, explained 10nm CPU delays, and more (Usman Pirzada/Wccftech)

Apple says the updated Mac Pro, starting at $5,999, and the Pro Display XDR, starting at $4,999, will be available to order on December 10 (Chance Miller/9to5Mac)

The Amazon threat is forcing the risk averse grocery industry to experiment with tech like smart carts, dynamic price tags, and automated in-store warehouses (Matthew Boyle/Bloomberg)

Nancy Pelosi is pushing to remove language similar to Section 230 from the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, which could delay its passage in the House (Margaret Harding McGill/Axios)

Report: BMW discovered and monitored Vietnam-backed hackers who stayed active on its network since at least the spring of 2019; Hyundai was also targeted (Sergiu Gatlan/BleepingComputer)

Ericsson admits it has bribed officials while selling telecom equipment in Asia, agrees to pay $1.1B in fines to US DOJ and SEC (Reuters)

Reddit says a leak of official US-UK trade documents on its platform was part of a Russian political influence campaign, bans 61 accounts and one subreddit (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

A look at the creation of a new kind of nonconsensual porn, which combines deepfakes with 3D avatars that can be manipulated to do whatever their creators want (VICE)

Survey of 6,154 people in China: 74% want the option to choose traditional ID methods over facial recognition, 84% want ability to review or delete their data (Financial Times)

A look at the mixed legacy of Alphabet's organizational structure, which sometimes led to the duplication of efforts among Google and Alphabet's other companies (Steven Levy/Wired)

Pichai's track record at Google over the past two years shows that Alphabet companies can be expected to either become more focused or get folded into Google (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Ogury, a Paris-based mobile ad network which also offers a GDPR and CCPA compliant consent management platform, raises $50M Series C (Allison Schiff/AdExchanger)

In safety report, Uber says only 37% of the 464 rape cases during its US rides in 2017 and 2018 were reported to law enforcement (Washington Post)

Report: Amazon leases 335K square feet of office space in NYC without any tax incentives, less than a year after pulling out of its larger HQ2 campus deal (Caroline Spivack/Curbed NY)

Profile of VSCO, a photo-sharing app with a reported valuation of $550M, which is trending towards 4M paying users in 2020, up from 2M in late 2018 (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)

14 US state AGs seeking to stop the T-Mobile and Sprint merger head to trial on Monday (Tali Arbel/Associated Press)

Adobe is acquiring Oculus Medium, a virtual reality sculpting tool launched in 2015, from Facebook (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

SEC has rejected NYSE's proposal to allow companies going public through a direct listing to raise capital at the same time (Ari Levy/CNBC)

Facebook says its AI bot achieved high scores playing Hanabi, a card game requiring teamwork, showing how AI can work with other bots or people to reach a goal (Queenie Wong/CNET)

Report: Magic Leap sold ~6,000 headsets in six months after release, compared to a goal of 100,000 in the first year, and recently laid off dozens of employees (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck is leaving at the end of the year, to be replaced by David Shim, who joined Foursquare as president in June (David Cohen/Adweek)

Survey of 2,000+ US users: 50% plan to subscribe to new OTT services, of which 64% intend to downgrade/cancel existing subs; say they spend ~$76/month on video (Kelsey Sutton/Adweek)

Hungary's regulator fines Facebook $4M, arguing that it misled users by claiming its services are free, while earning money from ads based on user activity (Marton Eder/Bloomberg)

Politics Headlines Today

Updated: 2 hours ago

$30bn loan: Power, transport, Works ministries to takes lion share - Daily Times

$470m national safety security system gets take-off committee - The Nation

10 Possible January Signings For Barcelona - Daily Independent

12 Dead In Niger Road Accident - Daily Independent

12 die as overloaded Lagos-bound container truck crashes in Mokwa - PM News

12 Pupils Win Aquinas College Alumni Scholarship Awards - Daily Independent

12 things to know about Reinhard Bonnke - The Nation

15 Nollywood Stars To Grace Ekifest, 25,000 Guests Expected - Daily Independent

2 catholic priest kidnapped in Ondo - Blueprint

2 Men Docked For Allegedly Stealing Car Worth N2.5 Million - Daily Independent

2 men in court for allegedly stealing car worth N2.5 million - Vanguard

2020 Budget prepared to expose, tame corruption Abiodun - The Nation

2020 Budget: Ahmad Lawan ignites hope in National Assembly and Nigeria - PM News

2020 budget: Reps minority caucus promises to monitor implementation - The Sun

2020 budget: Reps minority caucus promises to monitor implementation - The Sun

2020 Golden Globe nominations revealed - CNN

2020 Golden Globe Nominations: The Complete List - PM News

2023 Presidency: Adopt Falae/Obasanjo Model, VON DG Appeals To APC, PDP - Daily Independent

2023: Tinubu can succeed Buhari ' Northeast group - Daily Trust

2023: Tinubu Should Succeed Buhari ' North East Group - Daily Independent

2023: VON DG seeks1999 Falae-Obasanjo model - The Sun

20TH Ordination: I was deaf,dumb as a growing child ' Fr.Emakpor - Vanguard

25 Killed, 120 Injured In Iraq - Daily Independent

31 rescued from BHarams den in Borno forest - The Nation

34-year-old become world's youngest prime minister - CNN

4.5 magnitude earthquake hits Tuscany, no victims - Guardian

40th GCC summit: The beginning of reconciliation - Al Jazeera

5 Things to know about Miss Universe 2019 - PM News

5,000 members rejoin APC in Oyo - The Nation

7 fun things to do in the desert - CNN

8 artworks that made us question the value of art - CNN

95,000 Nigerians To Perform 2020 Hajj ' NAHCON - Daily Independent

A church nativity scene depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees separated in cages - CNN

A joke' Shehu presents award to Melaye, calls for social media control - PM News

A new theory on the turmoil that erupted in the overnight lending market - CNN

A Policy Vault Made for Africa - The Nation

A Question of Being and struggle for identity - Vanguard

A reality TV contestant had to watch her own alleged assault. Now Spain wants answers - CNN

Abacha loot: FG disburses over N24m to 2, 426 beneficiaries in Kuje - Vanguard

Abductors of two catholic priests in Ondo demand N100m ransom - Vanguard

Abiodun Pledges Commitment To Good Governance, Rule Of Law - Daily Independent

Abisogun family tips Ajasa as next Oniru - The Nation

Abraham emerges as Chelsea's talisman - Guardian

AC Milan fan stabbed in fight over players' shorts - reports - Guardian

Accept defeat, stop heating up polity, APC advises Gov Dickson - Daily Times

Access Bank named Most Outstanding Company in Sustainability in Africa - Tribune

Activists storm into Malta PM's office to demand his resignation - Al Jazeera

Actress Funke Akindele Loses Dad - Daily Independent

Adamawa APC Rejects LG Election Results - Daily Independent

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