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December 17, 2015, 4:05 PM

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Apple:
Jeff Williams named Apple COO, Phil Schiller takes over App Store leadership  —  Apple Names Jeff Williams Chief Operating Officer  —  Johny Srouji Named to Executive Team; Phil Schiller Adds Ecosystem Responsibilities  —  Tor Myhren Joins Apple  —  Apple® today announced …
Reuters:
Brazilian judge orders lifting of 48-hour WhatsApp ban, recommends WhatsApp pay higher fine instead; services restored after several hours  —  Brazil court lifts suspension of Facebook's WhatsApp service  —  A Brazilian judge on Thursday ordered the lifting of a 48-hour suspension …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Microsoft opens a HoloLens playground for developers at its New York store  —  Millions of people have seen Microsoft's astonishing HoloLens videos.  Far fewer have seen the limited, but still impressive, reality.  And that's something Microsoft wants to change.
Tesla Motors:
Tesla, in a “correction” of Bloomberg that states it will continue using MobilEye chips, argues George Hotz's homemade self-driving car won't succeed  —  Correction to article: “The First Person to Hack the iPhone Built a Self-Driving Car”  —  The article by Ashlee Vance did not correctly represent Tesla or MobilEye.
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg.com:
Cade Metz / Wired:
IBM, JP Morgan, and others build the Open Ledger Project, a blockchain for business services, overseen by the Linux Foundation  —  Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain  —  Several major companies from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM …
New York Times:
Blake Ross / Medium:
Zineb Ait Bahajji / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google search to start indexing HTTPS pages by default  —  Indexing HTTPS pages by default  —  At Google, user security has always been a top priority.  Over the years, we've worked hard to promote a more secure web and to provide a better browsing experience for users.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Tastemade Raises $40 Million From Goldman Sachs To Make Food Videos  —  Tastemade, the maker of food and lifestyle videos, has raised a $40 million financing round led by Goldman Sachs.  Participating investors in the Series D round include, Redpoint Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Liberty Media and Scripps Networks.

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