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December 23, 2015, 7:00 AM

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google has been working on new messaging app for over a year that supports chatbots and uses AI to answer questions and perform other tasks  —  Google Plans New, Smarter Messaging App  —  Users will be able to text friends or a chatbot that will scour the Web and other sources to answer a question
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The Beatles will be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon's Prime Music, and others on December 24  —  Sources: Beatles hit Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, other streaming services on Dec. 24  —  You can spend Christmas streaming the Beatles.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google begins testing login system that uses phone notifications for authentication instead of passwords  —  Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins  —  Google confirmed this morning it's now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Microsoft to detect and remove adware that uses man-in-the-middle techniques, like Superfish, beginning in March, will only allow adware as browser plugins  —  New Microsoft adware rules could stop another Superfish security scare  —  From March, adware on Windows will have to be easily removable …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Foursquare is raising $20M-$40M at about a $250M valuation, down from $650M two years ago  —  Foursquare's Value Will Be Cut by More Than Half in a New Funding Round  —  Foursquare is close to finalizing a funding round that will value the company at about $250 million …
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
New Zealand judge orders Kim Dotcom's extradition to the US, lawyers say they will appeal to the High Court  —  Kim Dotcom to be finally extradited to the US, New Zealand judge rules  —  Megaupload founder promises new appeal in case that's dragged on for nearly 4 years.
Pew Internet:
67% of Americans now have broadband at home, compared to 70% in 2013, and 13% connect via smartphone only vs 8% in 2013; smartphone penetration in US at 68%  —  Home Broadband 2015  —  The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued, and more rely only on their smartphones for online access
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Flywheel's TaxiOS, an Uber-like, no-surge-fee ride-hailing app for taxis, gets approval in California and launches, following its pilot program in San Francisco  —  Flywheel Launches Uber-Like Operating System For Taxi Cabs  —  Flywheel, the no-surge-fee taxi startup that hopes to challenge …

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