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December 4, 2016, 12:30 PM

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Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
Snapchat avoids the fake news epidemic by vetting publishers who appear in Discover, hiring human editors for Live Stories, and limiting re-sharing  —  Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO and cofounder  —  Facebook emerged during the U.S. election as a central political and news source …
Merissa Marr / Columbia Journalism Review:
Three years after launch, The Information has a reporting staff of 10, is cash-flow positive, and juggles a closed-club feel with aggressive reporting  —  On the astro-turfed rooftop of a SoHo penthouse this summer, a mix of tech executives, investors, and B-list celebrities sipped Champagne …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Apple hints at autonomous vehicle ambitions in letter advising NHTSA that new auto industry entrants should get the same testing rights as incumbents  —  Apple last week submitted a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggests it's interested in testing self-driving cars.
William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Zenefits CEO David Sacks confirms he's stepping down, says search for new CEO has begun; one source says he's open to working in the Trump administration  —  David Sacks is giving up the CEO job less than a year after taking over amid a legal scandal.  —  David Sacks, the CEO of Zenefits …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Amazon's Alexa VP on the platform's future, the $2.5M Alexa Prize, concerns about poaching key AI talent from academia, new developer tools, privacy, more  —  Amazon's VP of Alexa talks about machine learning, chatbots, and whether industry is strip-mining AI talent from academia.
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Apple says faulty battery causes unexpected shutdowns on “a small number of iPhone 6s devices”, offers free battery replacement  —  Apple customers have been reporting recently that certain iPhones seem to be randomly shutting off when their batteries say they are about 30% charged.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Airbnb and New York City settle suit over short-term rentals after city agrees to fine hosts and not the company for illegal listings  —  Airbnb has capitulated to the demands of lawmakers over its operations in New York City, the company's largest market in the United States …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
A look at Gab, the social network launched in August that has become a haven for the far right and now hosts 98K accounts  —  When the white nationalist leader Richard B. Spencer was suspended from Twitter recently, he hopped over to YouTube to address his supporters.
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Bloomberg:
Pandora's stock up 16% on reports of a possible sale; sources say Sirius XM approached the company again and Pandora has reached out to other potential suitors  —  Board hasn't responded to new engagement from Greg Maffei  —  Pandora advisers have begun soliciting interest from buyers

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