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December 17, 2015, 11:20 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 …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple announces Apple Pay partnership with China UnionPay, expects ‘early 2016’ launch  —  Apple on Thursday announced an agreement with Chinese card processor UnionPay to offer Apple Pay services in China, opening the vast Asian market to its in-house iOS-based payment product.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Netflix announces rebuilt Universal Windows 10 app for PCs and tablets, coming to smartphones early next year  —  Netflix's new Windows 10 app embraces Microsoft's universal dream  —  Netflix is making the most of Windows 10 today.  Netflix is updating its Windows Store app …
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Juniper discovers backdoor in its NetScreen enterprise firewalls that allows decrypting VPN traffic, admin access, recommends patching immediately  —  Juniper Finds Backdoor that Decrypts VPN Traffic  —  Juniper Networks today has released an emergency patch that removes what it's calling …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC wants to meet with T-Mobile, Comcast, AT&T by Jan. 15 to discuss their zero-rating programs  —  Regulators want to talk to AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile about sponsored data  —  Federal regulators have asked AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile to meet with them to discuss a growing …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
ID theft monitoring company LifeLock to pay $100M fine for violating 2010 FTC settlement that required LifeLock protect customer data  —  LifeLock to pay $100 million to settle U.S. contempt charges: FTC  —  LifeLock Inc, which sells identity theft monitoring and fraud detection services …
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.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Technology investors describe the cooling in Silicon Valley: lower valuations for top-tier companies, and trouble for weaker startups  —  Silicon Valley's cash party is coming to an end  —  Silicon Valley is cooling, not crashing.  Valuations are falling.  The era of cheap money is over.
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Vine introduces personalized Twitter Moment's-like curated channel, For You  —  Vine will now curate a channel of posts it thinks you'll want to see  —  It can be a pain for new users to find stuff on Twitter, so the company spent a big part of its year trying to show users things from people they don't already follow.
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.

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