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December 12, 2016, 4:55 PM

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Will Evans / Reveal:
5 ex-Uber employees say there was broad access to “God View” and abuse of it to track users including celebrities and politicians, even after initial news broke  —  For anyone who's snagged a ride with Uber, Ward Spangenberg has a warning: Your personal information is not safe.
Lucian Constantin / PCWorld:
Many models of Netgear routers exposed to critical remotely-exploitable security flaw; affected users recommended to stop using routers until patch is available  —  Several models of Netgear routers are affected by a publicly disclosed vulnerability that could allow hackers to take them over.
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Bill Gates to lead $1B 20-year duration fund to fight climate change in energy, transport, agriculture, other industries; directors include Ma, Doerr, Khosla  —  Bill Gates is leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple has discussed investing up to $1B in SoftBank's $100B tech fund  —  SoftBank is raising up to $100 billion to invest in disruptive technologies  —  Apple Inc. has held talks about investing in a $100 billion fund being raised by Japanese internet and telecommunications giant …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 10.2 with US-only TV app, new Messages effects, emoji, wallpapers, more  —  Apple has released iOS 10.2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.2 includes several new features like Unicode 9.0 emoji, three new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Ventures launches new fund for AI startups and backs Element AI, a new Montreal-based incubator co-founded by renowned AI expert Yoshua Bengio  —  Microsoft Ventures today announced two steps that point to how the tech giant's VC arm wants to get involved in artificial intelligence in a big way.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Managing your training team is now a breeze  —  Clara is the head of Learning and Development (L&D) at Zylker Corp, and trains employees in domains like soft skills and leadership.

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