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December 19, 2016, 10:45 PM

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Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:
Mark Zuckerberg talks about progress and challenges building his home assistant Jarvis, a project he's spent 100-150 hours on this year  —  Facebook's CEO still loves to code.  Here's an exclusive peek at his new project, which plays music, makes toast, and occasionally annoys his wife.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook says Apple has desktops on its roadmap in a posting to employee message board  —  One of the memes to come out of the somewhat contentious rollout of the MacBook Pro is that Apple has given up on the desktop Mac.  Given the slower upgrade cycle of desktops and how well my Retina 5K iMac …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger debuts group video chat supporting 6 users on a split screen who can utilize selfie masks and up to 50 voice/text secondary participants  —  Teen app sensation Houseparty will get some competition as Facebook Messenger islaunching its own split-screen group video chat feature.
Chris Pereira / GameSpot:
Nintendo says no plans to launch additional content for Super Mario Run as Nintendo stock falls steeply amid user complaints about the game's business model  —  What you see is what you get.  —  Nintendo's stock price dropped again on Monday, and it apparently won't be getting a boost …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Messaging app Kik adds the ability to video call with up to six people  —  In an update of the chat app Kik, starting today users can now make video calls with up to six people.  —  Facebook Messenger also added group video chat today.  —  “Video chat was the number-one feature you requested …
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin / Inc.com:
SEC filing shows Aereo founder Chet Kanojia's new firm Starry recently raised $30M Series B  —  Armed with another $30 million, the team behind Aereo is preparing to deploy its new service, Starry, next year.  —  Senior  Chet Kanojia's previous company, Aereo, was shut down by the highest court in the United States.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter updates search results so tweets are displayed by relevance, not in reverse chronological order  —  Twitter is updating its search results so that tweets are now going to ranked based on relevance instead of by timeline, bringing it in line with what users had experienced on their timeline for the past ten months.
John Voorhees / MacStories:
Minecraft launches Apple TV Edition for $20 and updates Pocket Edition for iOS to version 1.0  —  Minecraft fans got an early present under the tree today.  Mojang, the maker of Minecraft: Pocket Edition on iOS, announced that it is releasing a big update to the game today as well as an all-new Apple TV version.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook starts letting users choose background color for status updates on Android, amid reports of decreased personal sharing  —  Facebook's core attraction isn't news articles you could find anywhere, it's intimate posts from your real friends.  That explains why Facebook is trying …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Airbnb is building a flight-booking tool, which is in early development but will likely debut before the firm IPOs  —  Airbnb Inc. is developing a service for booking air travel as the home-rental startup looks to compete with Priceline Group Inc. and Expedia Inc. for more of people's online travel spending.

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