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December 7, 2015, 10:30 AM

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Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Google Ventures says it participated in fewer seed-stage deals in 2015, continues to invest heavily in healthcare and life sciences  —  Google Ventures Dials Down Seed Deals, Urges Mature Startups to Go Public … Google Ventures has reduced its involvement in seed-stage startups …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
French government is considering legislation banning free and shared WiFi during states of emergency, and blocking the use of Tor  —  After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi  —  After the recent Paris terror attacks, the French government is proposing …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft to open source Chakra, the JavaScript heart of its Edge browser  —  Source will be available from January, and open to community contributions.  —  At JSConf in Florida today, Microsoft announced that it is open sourcing Chakra, the JavaScript engine used in its Edge and Internet Explorer browsers.
Scott Charlston / Verizon:
Verizon bringing Wi-Fi Calling to Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge via software update starting Dec. 8, expects roll out to more Android and iOS devices early 2016  —  Verizon's Advanced Calling to include Wi-Fi Calling beginning next week on some devices  —  Beginning December 8 …
Wall Street Journal:
As Silicon Valley Bank surges on loans to tech startups, its exposure to risky loans also rises  —  Silicon Valley's Hometown Bank Booms, But Risks Are on Horizon  —  Despite rise in shaky loans, tight relationships with technology startups and venture capitalists fuel big profits for lender; a call from Marc Andreessen
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Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Censys is a free search engine powered by Google's infrastructure that helps security researchers find vulnerable devices on the Internet  —  A Search Engine for the Internet's Dirty Secrets  —  Google is helping to power a new search engine built on a daily scan of the whole Internet.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla ends Tiles experiment for ads in Firefox, will shift focus to ‘content discovery’  —  Mozilla is stopping its experimental offering of advertising in Firefox.  The company announced its focus will instead shift to “content discovery” opportunities in its browser.
Joe Marshall / The Atlantic:
Hollywood movies and TV shows are increasingly portraying realistic aspects of hacking and programming culture  —  Pop Culture Is Finally Getting Hacking Right … The idea of a drill-wielding hacker who runs a deep-web empire selling drugs to teens seems like a fantasy embodying the worst of digital technology.
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Experts found critical flaws in systems behind Internet-connected doll Hello Barbie, which responded to kids' queries; ToyTalk has patched the major bugs  —  Hello (hackable) Barbie  —  Hello Barbie on display at the Mattel showroom at the North American International Toy Fair in New York.

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