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December 8, 2015, 6:45 AM

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Ian Sherr / CNET:
Facebook takes down Creative Labs webpage, removes Slingshot, Riff, Rooms from app stores  —  Facebook shuts down Creative Labs, apps  —  The initiative behind some of the company's most experimental apps has gone away, along with the apps it produced over the past year.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Dropbox says it will shut down Mailbox app on February 26 2016, Carousel on March 31  —  Dropbox is shutting down its Mailbox and Carousel apps  —  Dropbox is doing away with Mailbox, the email app it acquired in March 2013, and Carousel, the company's attempt at a standalone photo management app.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Turns On Safe Browsing In Chrome For Android  —  Google's Safe Browsing technology is now enabled by default on Android to protect mobile Chrome users from accessing phishing sites and web pages that harbor malware.  —  Until now, Safe Browsing was only available to desktop users …
Vijay Umapathy / Gmail Blog:
Google adds Reminders to Calendar on iOS and Android to help with your to-dos, works with Google's Inbox, Keep, and Now  —  Add to-dos to your Google Calendar using Reminders  —  You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges sentenced to 71 months in prison for Silk Road theft, must forfeit $475K in assets  —  Rogue Secret Service agent who stole from Silk Road sentenced to nearly 6 years  —  Feds remind Shaun Bridges of former agency's motto: “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.”
Charles Piller / STAT:
Alphabet renames Google Life Sciences to Verily  —  Verily, I swear.  Google Life Sciences debuts a new name  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Life Sciences — the Silicon Valley giant's new foray into health and medicine — announced a new name Monday that slips easily off the tongue …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple debuts Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s, extends life up to 25 hours  —  In a surprise release on Tuesday, Apple debuted the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s and 6, the first battery pack device to come out of Cupertino since the original iPhone launched in 2007.
Pino Bonetti / HERE 360:
HERE wants to explore uses of anonymized sensor data from Audi, BMW, and Daimler vehicles for its next generation maps supporting autonomous driving  —  Starting today, it's a new world for HERE...  And we intend to map just about everything in it, for you and everyone else.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
AT&T to expand its 1Gbps GigaPower service to 38 more cities including LA, San Francisco, Birmingham, Pensacola, Reno, Memphis, Charleston, Detroit, Tulsa  —  AT&T GigaPower fiber expanding to 38 more cities  —  AT&T announced Monday it will expand its 1Gbps GigaPower fiber optic broadband service …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Sinclair bought Circa assets for $800K in August, plans to hire 70 journalists, relaunch in spring 2016  —  Sinclair Acquired and Will Relaunch Mobile News Site Circa  —  TV station owner plans to hire 70 journalists for new push in digital media  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Streaming video accounts for 70% of home broadband usage during peak evening hours in North America, with Netflix leading at 37% and YouTube at 17.85%  —  Streaming Video Now Accounts for 70 Percent of Broadband Usage  —  You use your Internet connection to do all kinds of things.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Urges Silicon Valley to ‘Disrupt’ ISIS  —  WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that the Islamic State had become “the most effective recruiter in the world” and that the only solution was to engage American technology companies in blocking or taking down militants' websites, videos and encrypted communications.
Reuters:

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