WE’LL SEE: China said it arrested hackers who it claims were involved in the breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management this year. The Washington Post reports:

The arrests took place shortly before a state visit in September by President Xi Jinping, and U.S. officials say they appear to have been carried out in an effort to lessen tensions with Washington. The identities of the suspects — and whether they have any connection to the Chinese government — remain unclear. … Hacks of government and corporate data emanating from China have been a constant source of tension between the United States and China. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met with senior Chinese officials to establish guidelines for working together on law enforcement requests to investigate malicious cyberactivities.

OUT OF THOSE TALKS: There was an agreement on guidelines for requesting assistance on cyber crime, according to Reuters.

NET NEUTRALITY ON TRIAL: The Federal Communications Commission will appear before judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to defend its net neutrality regulations. National Journal reports:

Sup­port­ers of the reg­u­la­tions, which re­quire In­ter­net-ser­vice pro­viders to treat all traffic equally, ar­gue that they are es­sen­tial for pre­serving the In­ter­net as a level play­ing field where users are free to ac­cess whatever con­tent they want. But Re­pub­lic­ans and busi­ness groups con­sider them an il­leg­al power grab that will bur­den broad­band pro­viders, ul­ti­mately mak­ing In­ter­net ser­vice slower and more ex­pens­ive for every­one. … The judges set aside more than two hours for ar­gu­ments di­vided up in­to a few sub­jects … No mat­ter how the D.C. Cir­cuit rules, many ob­serv­ers are ex­pect­ing that this case will ul­ti­mately be bound for the Su­preme Court.

HOLIDAY HELP: Technology is providing a boost to local food banks coping with a massive influx of donations over the holidays. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Until recently, many not-for-profit organizations didn’t have the resources or expertise to do the same, leaving large amounts of food wasted, officials with these groups say. But that is changing rapidly, says Kathy Fulton, executive director of the American Logistics Aid Network, a group that coordinates pro bono logistics services for humanitarian causes. As inventory management software and other supply-chain technology become more common, it is also getting cheaper and easier to use. At the same time, food banks face the same pressure as retailers to offer speedy, customer-friendly delivery.