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December 16, 2015, 12:45 AM

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Slack hits 2M daily active users, launches third-party App Directory, $80M developer fund  —  Slack has made its next move in building out its platform.  At a major press event in San Francisco today, the company announced that it has launched a third-party App Directory aimed …
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:
Slack teams with Howdy to launch Botkit, an open-source framework for building apps for Slack  —  Slack Is Releasing Botkit To Make Bots Easier To Build  —  Slack, the increasingly popular team-messaging software, wants more developers to build apps that hook into its work-chat software.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Android Pay now works in mobile apps, with discounts in select apps including OpenTable, Lyft, and DoorDash to encourage use  —  Android Pay Now Works In Mobile Apps  —  Following its launch this fall, Google's Apple Pay rival known as Android Pay is taking another notable step this morning …
Charlie Osborne / CNET:
UK police arrest 21-year-old in connection with last month's VTech hack that exposed data of 6M+ children  —  Man arrested in VTech children's data hack  —  A 21-year-old British man is accused in the cyberattack, which stole data of more than 6 million children.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook rolls out expected changes to how it enforces real name policy, starting in US  —  Facebook is changing the way it enforces its real name policy  —  After enduring more than a year of criticism, Facebook is making major changes to the way it enforces its real name policy.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Pebble rolls out free health-tracking system, Pebble Health, to new Pebble models except Classic and Classic Steel, adding native step counting, sleep tracking  —  The Pebble smartwatch finally does real fitness tracking  —  Pebble may have started out as a smartwatch for early adopters …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
New EU privacy rules makes parental consent mandatory for kids under 16 to use social media, adds hefty fines, more; EU countries to have two years to pass laws  —  E.U. Expected to Approve Tough New Data Protection Rules  —  European officials are expected to approve long-awaited data …
Bloomberg Business:
IBM to open global headquarters and research lab in Munich for Watson-based IoT apps  —  IBM Bets on Watson With Global Research Center in Germany  —  Munich HQ is biggest investment in Europe in two decades  —  Internet of Things division to play ‘key role’ in growth
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Project Fi now supports tablets and Internet-only devices, won't charge monthly device fee, lets you add up to nine data-only devices to your plan  —  Project Fi Now Supports Tablets And Internet-Only Devices, Won't Charge A Bogus Per-Month “Device Fee”  —  A Project Fi support page for tablets and …
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:
Disney and Alibaba announce DisneyLife, an OTT service with Disney content for China, $125 for device and one year subscription available from Tmall Dec. 28  —  Alibaba, Disney Strike Deal to Sell Content System in China  —  The companies struck a multiyear licensing deal for the Mickey Mouse-shaped DisneyLife system

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