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December 17, 2016, 9:45 AM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vine won't be removed from app stores, will instead relaunch as “Vine Camera” in January  —  In October, Twitter announced it was shutting down Vine, its app that let users create and share 6-second looping videos.  Today, the company says it won't actually pull the Vine app …
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber refuses to apply for autonomous vehicle testing permit, asks DMV to clarify how self-driving Ubers in SF are different from Teslas with autopilot  —  Your move, California  —  Uber is sticking to its guns in refusing to apply for a $150 permit that the California Department of Motor Vehicles …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft, Uber, Lyft, Automattic, and Medium have now said they'll refuse to help build a Muslim registry  —  Apple, Google, and Uber have all broken their respective silences on whether they would participate in helping build a Muslim registry for the incoming Trump administration, BuzzFeed reports.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App download trackers show 2.8M-5M+ Super Mario Run downloads on its first day; App Annie says Mario is top downloaded app in 49 countries, top grossing in 8  —  Pokémon Go, step aside.  In the first 24 hours, Nintendo's Super Mario Run has beaten the record-breaking Pokémon game in terms of day one downloads.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The US Election Assistance Commission, which oversees security of voting systems, was hacked around the time of the election, allegedly by a Russian hacker  —  The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which is responsible for testing and certifying voting systems, among other things …
Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:
BAMTech, owned by MLB and Disney, buys rights to stream League of Legends competitions through 2023, reportedly in a $300M+ deal  —  BAMTech, the Major League Baseball- and Disney-owned streaming tech company, has signed a deal with Riot Games for the rights to League of Legends tournaments.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Facebook underreported iPhone traffic to Instant Articles tracked by comScore from Sept. 30 to Nov. 30; report says some publishers' numbers affected by 10-20%  —  Facebook announced on Friday that it had made another measurement error, this time affecting publishers that use its Instant Articles content platform.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Inside Trump's tech summit: Nadella talks immigration, Sandberg brings up STEM, and Bezos raises China; execs say Trump's kids involvement was inappropriate  —  It's almost like Recode was in the air duct at Trump Tower.  —  The leaders of tech were closemouthed about their meeting …
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Sources: Snap Inc. is exploring acquisitions of startups building drones, wearable cameras, and AR/VR applications to further its mission as a camera company  —  Snapchat is on the hunt for a wide range of hardware acquisitions, as it seeks to further its new mission of creating cameras …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Mercedes-Benz starts testing Croove, a pure peer-to-peer car rental service in Munich; owners can rent out cars in good condition from any brand  —  It's become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of those models.

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