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December 12, 2016, 8:15 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it's shipped Surface Hubs to 2K+ customers since March with an average deal size of 50 units; product is now in stock  —  Microsoft officials say they've sold Surface Hub conferencing systems to more than 2,000 customers since March, and that they've now got their supply situation under control.
Will Evans / Reveal:
5 ex-Uber employees say there was broad access to “God View” and abuse of it to track users including celebrities and politicians, even after initial news broke  —  For anyone who's snagged a ride with Uber, Ward Spangenberg has a warning: Your personal information is not safe.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Android's Google Keyboard renamed Gboard with new features including Google Search, emoji search, dedicated number row, multiple active languages, and more  —  Google released a keyboard app for the iPhone some months back called Gboard, and everyone was wondering if it would come to Android.
Lucian Constantin / PCWorld:
Many models of Netgear routers exposed to critical remotely-exploitable security flaw; affected users recommended to stop using routers until patch is available  —  Several models of Netgear routers are affected by a publicly disclosed vulnerability that could allow hackers to take them over.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple has discussed investing up to $1B in SoftBank's $100B tech fund  —  SoftBank is raising up to $100 billion to invest in disruptive technologies  —  Apple Inc. has held talks about investing in a $100 billion fund being raised by Japanese internet and telecommunications giant …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Instagram will roll out live video broadcasting feature to US users over next few days  —  Instagram announced its Live video broadcasting features in November, which allow users to show your followers what you're up to in real time, and also let users browse for Live videos happening …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Live 360 video from NatGeo now, everyone next year  —  Following YouTube's rollout of 4K 360 live broadcasting, but beating Twitter's Periscope to the punch, Facebook today announced initial support for 360-degree Live streams.  National Geographic's Facebook Page will publish …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 10.2 with US-only TV app, new Messages effects, emoji, wallpapers, more  —  Apple has released iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes several new features like Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
As Trumplethinskin lets down his hair for tech, shame on Silicon Valley for climbing the Tower in silence  —  But don't expect a fairy tale ending!  —  Hoo boy, would I have liked to be in the room when Sheryl Sandberg/Tim Cook/Larry Page/fill-in-your-billionaire-tech- leader-here were reacting …
 

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