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December 20, 2015, 11:45 PM

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Charlie Rose / CBS News:
Apple executives talk product development, encryption, taxation, labor, and more in wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview  —  What's next for Apple?  —  The technology giant's CEO, Tim Cook, addresses issues concerning his company — including encryption technology, corporate taxes, and manufacturing products in China
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.
CNN:
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
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Nexus 6P review: best use of Snapdragon 810, camera is among the best, hits sweet-spot for price-performance in US, but expensive in other regions  —  The Google Nexus 6P Review  —  As we have come to know, Google has opted to simultaneously release two Nexus smartphone devices this year.
ProPublica:
FAQs on encryption: how terrorists use messaging apps, what big tech is doing, and what the government is proposing  —  Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption  —  As politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California …
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Huawei is bringing its flagship Mate 8 to US next year, in addition to a mid-range Honor 5X  —  China's Huawei Hopes to Connect With U.S. Smartphone Market  —  World's third-largest smartphone maker plans to sell its flagship phone in the U.S. for the first time next year
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.

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