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December 16, 2015, 9:20 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.
More: GitHub and The Register
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 …
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft deepens longstanding commitment to philanthropy with expanded vision, new organization  —  Today we're announcing an expanded commitment to our corporate philanthropy around the world with a broader ambition and a new organization within the company, Microsoft Philanthropies, to make this ambition a reality.
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.
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Social Analytics Firm Topsy Shut Down by Apple Two Years After Purchase  —  Two years after being purchased by Apple for $200 million, social analytics firm Topsy today announced the end of its service.  On Twitter, the company tweeted that it has “searched [its] last tweet.”
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Wheeler / Medium:
App developer calls for transparency at Product Hunt, decrying hidden role of power users, some with financial conflicts, in promoting products to front page  —  How Product Hunt really works  —  It starts with a mystery  —  Earlier this year, having devoted countless hours to creating my latest app …
Cade Metz / Wired:
SEC approves Overstock's plan to sell public securities using blockchain technology  —  SEC Approves Plan to Issue Stock Via Bitcoin's Blockchain  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a plan from online retailer Overstock.com to issue company stock via the Internet …
More: Engadget, Gizmodo and NEWSBTCThanks:@_trendspotter
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

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