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December 17, 2015, 12:20 AM

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New York Times:
Facebook partners with Uber to let users in US request rides from within Messenger, first Uber ride's free; Facebook says more ride-hailing services to be added  —  Facebook and Uber Follow Asian Rivals in Plan to Enhance Messenger App  —  For years, Asia's technology giants have been one step ahead …
Wall Street Journal:
California DMV seeks public comment after releasing draft rules for self-driving cars, detailing vehicle and driver certification, privacy, cybersecurity  —  California Proposes Rules for Autonomous Cars  —  Companies are seeking guidance before eventually selling autonomous vehicles to consumers
Gabe Nelson / Automotive News Automaker:
Google says proposed DMV rules requiring steering wheel, pedals, and licensed drivers with special certification would inhibit progress  —  California DMV proposes ban on ‘driverless’ cars  —  Google ‘gravely disappointed,’ says rules would hold back progress
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
CISA, stripped of key privacy protections, was included in an omnibus budget bill introduced in the US House last night  —  Congress snuck a surveillance bill into the federal budget last night  —  After more than a year of stalemate, Congress has used an unconventional procedural measure …
Bloomberg Business:
Source: Google's self-driving car unit to become stand-alone business under Alphabet in 2016 as company plans ride-for-hire service in Uber challenge  —  Google to Make Driverless Cars an Alphabet Company in 2016  —  Group said to plan transportation service in Uber challenge
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook's Instant Articles officially go live on Android phones today, with over 350 publications globally  —  Facebook's Instant Articles Officially Go Live On Android Phones Today  —  Facebook's fast-loading Instant Articles are going live across all Android phones worldwide today following …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Spotify adds curated party playlists and a “mood tuner”, available now for Android and iOS  —  Spotify can play DJ at your next party  —  A new feature called Spotify Party plays a lineup of professionally picked tunes and lets you choose your music based on the mood you're hoping to set.
Hayes Brown / BuzzFeed:
Brazil imposes 48-hour block on WhatsApp for failing to cooperate in criminal investigation; rival app Telegram says it gained 1.5M+ users there in a day  —  Brazil Just Blocked WhatsApp Despite Almost Everyone In Brazil Using It  —  A court has blocked the app that 93% of Brazil's internet users depend …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Target's mobile wish-list app exposed sensitive personal data, using an API that lacked authentication  —  Wish list app from Target springs a major personal data leak  —  Database is available over the Internet, no password necessary, researchers say.  —  The next time a friend …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg.com:
Early iPhone hacker George Hotz is building a self-driving system using off-the-shelf components that controls an Acura ILX  —  The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car.  In His Garage  —  George Hotz is building a self-driving car by himself.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Skype for Business app out of preview on Android  —  Microsoft today launched its Skype for Business app for Android out of preview.  You can now download the new app directly from Google Play — Android users with Lync 2013 will be automatically updated to the Skype for Business app based on their device settings.
Daniel Bader / MobileSyrup.com:
Canada's Shaw Communications to buy Wind Mobile in deal valued at C$1.6B  —  Shaw Communications set to purchase Wind Mobile for $1.6 billion  —  Shaw Communications has announced that it plans to purchase Wind Mobile, which turned six years-old today, for $1.6 billion CAD.

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