December 22, 2015, 11:26 AM

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Sources: Google and Ford will create a joint venture to build self-driving vehicles  —  Google Pairs With Ford To Build Self-Driving Cars  —  Justin Hyde and Sharon Carty, Yahoo Autos  —  Google and Ford will create a joint venture to build self-driving vehicles with Google's technology …
Barb Darrow / Fortune:
Microsoft buys Talko, another startup founded by Ray Ozzie, will use its tech in Skype; Ozzie will not return to Microsoft  —  Microsoft Buys Another Ray Ozzie Company  —  Every decade or so Microsoft seems to feel the need to buy a Ray Ozzie company.  This time it's Talko …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Apple calls on UK government to scale back investigatory powers bill, says it would “weaken security for hundreds of millions of law-abiding customers”  —  Apple calls on UK government to scale back snooper's charter  —  Tech company makes rare foray into British politics …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft temporarily disables “Hey Cortana” feature on Android in US due to voice search conflict with “Ok Google” feature  —  Microsoft disables ‘Hey Cortana’ feature on Android due to voice search conflict  —  Earlier this month, Microsoft launched Cortana for Android and iOS in the U.S. and China.
Steve Ragan / CSO:
Database of official Hello Kitty community with info on 3.3M accounts, unsalted SHA-1 password hashes, found online  —  Database leak exposes 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans  —  Database storing 3.3 million accounts found online  —  A database for …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Starts Rolling Out Support For Apple's Live Photos  —  It's been just under 3 months since Apple debuted “Live Photos” with the iPhone 6s and, slowly but surely, big third parties are finding ways to integrate them.  Tumblr picked them up just days ago... and now Live Photos …
Katherine Noyes / PCWorld:
Oracle settles with the FTC after leaving insecure, older versions of Java SE installed on users' computers  —  Oracle settles with the FTC over ‘deceptive’ Java security promises  —  Once finalized, the order could impose a civil penalty of $16,000 per violation
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Experts' findings suggest NSA is at least indirectly responsible for Juniper backdoor because of the weakness NSA embedded in the Dual_EC encryption algorithm  —  Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA  —  Security researchers believe they have finally solved …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
NetApp acquires flash storage vendor SolidFire for $870M  —  Publicly traded storage hardware company NetApp today announced that it has acquired SolidFire, a startup that made a name for itself selling fast all-flash storage hardware, for $870 million in cash.
Ryan Hoover / Medium:
Product Hunt's Ryan Hoover responds to app developer's criticism that called for more transparency about how products get promoted to its front page  —  Let's continue to build Product Hunt, together  —  Last week was difficult.  —  A Medium article was published, criticizing Product Hunt.

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