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December 14, 2015, 10:35 PM

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Ben Popper / The Verge:
Hobbyists with drones weighing between .55 and 50 pounds must register with FAA by February 19, registration opens December 21  —  FAA announces drone owners must register by February 19th, 2016  —  Regulation of drones in the hands of civilian pilots took a big step forward today.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Apple buys 70K-square-foot former chip fab in North San Jose for $18.2M, likely for R&D instead of production, given the capabilities of the facility  —  Exclusive: Apple buys former chip fab in North San Jose  —  Apple Inc. has snapped up a former chip fab in North San Jose …
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Google's Inbox now allows you to share trip bundles, add emails to a trip bundle, view trip info offline, attach multiple photos easier  —  Google updates Trip Bundles for road warriors using Inbox  —  After holding off on switching to Google's Inbox app, the updated Trip Bundles feature …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung Galaxy S7 to have pressure-sensitive display, USB Type-C port for full-day's charging in 30 minutes  —  Samsung Adding Pressure-Sensitive Display, High-Speed Charging Port to Galaxy S7  —  South Korean tech major is also considering a retina scanner for some versions of the new flagship smartphone
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
MacKeeper Leaks 13 Million Mac Owners' Data, Leaves Passwords Open To Easy Cracking  —  Anti-virus provider MacKeeper is known for pushing the message Apple Mac owners need protection.  It needed some extra protection of its own today, after a white hat hacker discovered …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Killing Photo Syncing, Asks Users To Download Its “Moments” App Instead  —  Facebook clearly believes it has its next hit app on its hands to follow Messenger with its private photo-sharing service, Moments.  The company has now announced it will soon discontinue support for photo syncing …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Samsung Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Its Apple Patent Case  —  Samsung is taking its battle with Apple to the Supreme Court.  —  Although it has already written Apple a $548 million check, the Korean electronics giant insists that not only was the verdict in the patent case incorrect …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DHS is working on a plan to scrutinize social media posts during visa application reviews  —  U.S. Working on Plan to Scrutinize Social Media in Visa Reviews  —  Move is part of new focus following San Bernardino shootings  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security …
Wall Street Journal:
Canyon Capital, Eric Jackson's SpringOwl join Starboard in calling for change at Yahoo  —  Yahoo Investors Tighten Screws  —  Canyon Capital, SpringOwl lay out varying proposals to slash workforce, replace CEO Mayer, find a buyer  —  Yahoo Inc. is facing new pressure from investor groups …
Nate Swanner / The Next Web:
Facebook announces Parse SDKs for Apple Watch and Apple TV, and Embedded Video Player API, oEmbed support  —  Facebook drops new video embed API and SDKs for Apple Watch and Apple TV  —  Facebook is giving developers a few more tools to work with today, and is launching a new video embedding API …
New York Times:
Seattle Will Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Form Unions  —  SEATTLE — Seattle's city council voted unanimously to approve a bill allowing drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps to form unions.  —  The passage of the ordinance, the first legislation of its kind in the country …

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