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December 7, 2015, 11:30 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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Raises iTunes Match and Apple Music Library Matching Limits to 100,000 Tracks  —  Over the past couple of days, MacRumors has received several reports from users who have been able to upload music libraries of greater than 25,000 tracks to iTunes Match or Apple Music's similar scan-and-match feature …
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
More: Bloomberg View and PYMNTS.comTweets: @scottmaustin
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 …
Akarshan Kumar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter stops cropping photos in timeline, introduces larger multi-photo displays  —  A new look for your twitter.com photos  —  Today, we're introducing a richer photo experience on twitter.com.  —  While Twitter began as an all-text platform, rich media has become essential to the experience.
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.
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.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Airbnb's NYC data confirms that a fraction of hosts with multiple listings took home a disproportionate amount of the total revenue  —  Airbnb's worst problems are confirmed by its own data  —  Earlier this week, Airbnb released a massive dataset about its business in New York City.
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.

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