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December 20, 2015, 3:45 PM

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Ian King / Bloomberg Business:
Qualcomm's board rejects calls to split its licensing and chipmaking businesses after completing strategic review announced in July  —  Qualcomm Rejects Split After Completing Strategic Review  —  Board backs keeping licensing and semiconductor units together  —  Stock slump, slower sales, investigations drove push for split
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: Facebook Remains The Top App Of 2015, But Messenger Was The Fastest-Growing  —  Facebook this year continued to hold the number one position as the top app installed on U.S. smartphones based on the average number of unique users, according to a new report out this week from Nielsen …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Secret Code Found in Juniper's Firewalls Shows Risk of Government Backdoors  —  Encryption backdoors have been a hot topic in the last few years—and the controversial issue got even hotter after the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, when it dominated media headlines.
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Allegra Frank / Polygon:
League of Legends developer Riot Games is now owned entirely by Tencent  —  Riot Games now owned entirely by Tencent  —  The League of Legends studio's remaining shares have been bought up Riot Games, the developer of League of Legends, has sold its remaining equity to Chinese online company Tencent Holdings.
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
Axel Springer executives talk about digital transformation, learning from Silicon Valley, international plans, investments in Business Insider, Airbnb, more  —  An Old-Media Empire, Axel Springer Reboots for the Digital Age  —  BERLIN — When Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of Axel Springer …
David Harris / Cargo Facts:
Sources: Amazon building its own overnight US airfreight operation, negotiating with Boeing for twenty 767 widebody freighters  —  [EXCLUSIVE] Amazon building its own overnight airfreight operation, sources say  —  Amazon.com Inc. is creating a logistics operation that will include overnight air operations …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL review: fast, light, great camera, and Continuum is perhaps a glimpse into the future, but still too few apps and the design is boring  —  Microsoft Lumia 950 XL review  —  A year ago, I gave up on Windows Phone.  Frustrated by a lack of quality apps …

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