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December 13, 2016, 1:10 PM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Report: Google no longer developing self-driving car without a steering wheel and pedals  —  Google has refocused its autonomous driving efforts away from developing its own car without a steering wheel and pedals, according to a report from The Information.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Apple starts selling AirPods online in 100 countries, with units available in retail stores over the coming weeks; shipping times slip to 4+ weeks in US  —  Apple's AirPods are now available to order from the company's online store for $159.00, following weeks of speculation on exactly when the wireless headphones would launch.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Snapchat adds 16-person ephemeral group messaging to its app, Shazam support, and new creative tools including paintbrush and scissors features  —  Snapchat has added some new features, including Groups, a new group chat that lets up to 16 friends share conversation and media.
Michael Weissenstein / Associated Press:
Google to install servers in Cuba to host its most popular content in hopes of speeding up load times of its sites by up to 10x  —  HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government signed a deal Monday allowing the internet giant to provide faster access to its data by installing servers …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
As Trumplethinskin lets down his hair for tech, shame on Silicon Valley for climbing the Tower in silence  —  But don't expect a fairy tale ending!  —  Hoo boy, would I have liked to be in the room when Sheryl Sandberg/Tim Cook/Larry Page/fill-in-your-billionaire-tech- leader-here were reacting …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it's shipped Surface Hubs to 2K+ customers since March with an average deal size of 50 units; product is now in stock  —  Microsoft officials say they've sold Surface Hub conferencing systems to more than 2,000 customers since March, and that they've now got their supply situation under control.
John Callaham / Android Authority:
Google acquires Cronologics and its smartwatch OS to help improve Android Wear  —  Google is still looking to improve its standing in the smartwatch industry with Android Wear .  Today, it was revealed that a smartwatch startup, founded in part by former Google employees, will now be working on Android Wear directly.

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