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The Internet Association wants to delay the FCC's pending vote to eliminate net neutrality. The group, which includes companies such as Amazon, Netflix and Uber, sent a letter to the FCC today requesting that the commission either delay the vote, or vote against it. "This draft order ignores the wishes of tens of millions of Americans who, like us, have voiced their support for the 2015 Open Internet Order," Internet Association CEO Michael Beckerman said in the letter. As of now, the vote is scheduled for Dec. 14.  The FCC plans to overturn the classification of broadband providers as common carriers, sparking fears that providers could limit or charge for access to data. — ENGADGET

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Users of the virtual keyboard app Ai.type had their data leaked online. The maker of the app failed to secure its database server, according to Kromtech Security Center, exposing the data of about 31 million people. The information included full names and email addresses of Ai.type users, as well as dates showing when the cross-platform app was installed, along with the user’s registered location. Some of the leaked information also included details linked to Google profiles, such as birth dates, genders and profile pictures. — DIGITAL TRENDS

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CryptoKitties, a new blockchain game for collecting, breeding and selling digital cats, is the cat's meow of digital currency. Players have spent the equivalent of $6.7 million buying CryptoKitties. The most expensive CryptoKitties sale so far was Genesis, which sold for the equivalent of $114,481.59. The median price for a blockchain kitten is around $25. The game was created by Vancouver-based Axiom Zen, and launched with 200 users on Thanksgiving. It opened to the public last Tuesday. "The popularity of virtual cats fits the euphoria we see elsewhere in the crypto-currency space," said Peter Atwater, who studies market sentiment for Financial Insyghts. — CNBC

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Lyft began testing of its autonomous vehicle service with auto partner nuTonomy in Boston on Wednesday. Some Boston passengers will be matched with self-driving vehicles when they request Lyft rides. The company raised $500 million in November to advance its self-driving car technology.  "We want to let members of the public experience driverless vehicles firsthand, so they can better understand the impact this new technology will have on their lives," nuTonomy said in a blog post. Lyft is already test-driving autonomous vehicles in San Francisco. — TECHCRUNCH

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Sonos and Ikea announced a plan to integrate wireless sound technology with home furnishings. Ikea two years ago launched a Home Smart division, with wireless charging in some of their furniture and smart lighting products. Sonos, one of the original players in wireless home music, is facing increasing competition from Apple and Amazon in the home speaker market.  The products are expected to be released in 2019. — TECHCRUNCH

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