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December 15, 2016, 8:45 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
To fight fake news, Facebook tests easier hoax reporting, uses third-party fact checkers to flag stories, punishes posts that are read but not shared, more  —  For weeks, Facebook has faced questions about its role in spreading fake news.  The intense scrutiny has caused internal divisions …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Fake stories flagged by two or more unpaid third-parties like Snopes and AP will get warning labels, lower ranking on News Feed, but will remain shareable  —  Snopes, FactCheck.org, Politifact, ABC News, and AP will help Facebook make good on four of the six promises Mark Zuckerberg …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple will charge $69 to replace individual AirPods in or out of warranty  —  On its iPhone Service Pricing page, Apple recently updated its repair and replacement costs for AirPods, which went on sale earlier this week.  —  Apple doesn't appear to be offering AppleCare+ for AirPods …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Source: Apple to begin selling AirPods in its retail stores on Monday, December 19  —  Apple will begin selling AirPods in its retail stores starting on Monday, December 19, according to a retail source that shared the news with MacRumors.  Apple is currently informing stores about the imminent launch …
Rhea Mahbubani / NBC Bay Area:
Uber says one if its self-driving cars ran a red light in San Francisco “due to human error”  —  It's day one of Uber's self-driving car test in San Francisco, and already trouble is brewing amidst reports of vehicles running red lights and California regulators threatening legal action.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger adds Snapchat-like photo filters, including “3D masks”, special effects, stickers, more  —  What's better than a few geofilters?  A billion algorithmically generated filters.  That's Facebook Messenger's strategy to steal the visual communication crown from Snapchat …
Bloomberg:
Source: Verizon is looking to get a price cut or exit the $4.8B Yahoo deal after company discloses 1B accounts hacked in 2013; Yahoo stock down 5%+  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is exploring a price cut or possible exit from its $4.83 billion pending acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. …
Kirsten Korosec / Fortune:
General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will immediately begin testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in Michigan  —  General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday said the automaker will immediately begin testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in Michigan just days …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Instagram doubles its monthly active user base in two years to 600M, adding 100M in six months  —  That's 600 million Instagrammers, and a whole lotta brunch pics  —  It appears that the rise of Snapchat and all its Spectacles fun have yet to slow Instagram's growth: the Facebook-owned …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Under pressure from the ACLU in California, Twitter cuts off surveillance firm Dataminr's access to its firehose, limiting its use  —  No more full access for fusion centers  —  Police across the country will now have a harder time singling out individual Twitter users.

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