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December 13, 2016, 5:10 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet plans ride-sharing service with Fiat Chrysler, will deploy semi-autonomous version of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan as early as end of 2017  —  Parent Alphabet said to announce automotive-unit plans Tuesday  —  Semi-autonomous Chrysler Pacifica set for fleet, people say
TechCrunch:
Google to spin off its self-driving car unit as a new company within Alphabet called Waymo; ex-Hyundai North America executive Jon Krafcik to be CEO  —  Dec 13, 2016, 9:16 amDec 13, 2016, 9:33 am  —  Google is spinning out its self-driving car unit as a separate company called Waymo, the company announced today.
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.
New York Times:
How Russia executed an effective, hard to trace and mitigate cyber offensive on the DNC, aided by an FBI response that lacked speed, urgency, comprehensiveness  —  WASHINGTON — When Special Agent Adrian Hawkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation called the Democratic National Committee …
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.
David Jagneaux / UploadVR:
Oculus splits into two divisions: PC VR, with co-founder Iribe stepping down as CEO to lead, and mobile VR, led by an ex-Qualcomm exec; Luckey not mentioned  —  Some days when you work on the media side of the tech industry, you get through the day by going through the motions …
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
A group of nearly 60 employees at major tech firms sign pledge refusing to help build a Muslim registry  —  A group of nearly 60 employees at major tech companies have signed a pledge refusing to help build a Muslim registry.  The pledge states that signatories will advocate within …
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.
Windows Blog:
Microsoft announces Cortana Devices SDK for OEMs, in private preview, and Cortana Skills Kit preview for developers to publish Bot Framework bots to Cortana  —  We believe that everyone deserves a personal assistant.  One to help you cope as you battle to stay on top of everything, from work to your home life.
Several People Are Typing:
Slack adds video calling to Mac and Windows 10 apps as well as Google Chrome, with up to 15 participants on paid accounts; mobile users can join with audio-only  —  Talking face-to-face with your team is just one click away  —  Since we added voice calling to Slack earlier this year …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple releases macOS update for 2016 MacBook Pro, which removes “battery remaining” readout, fixes graphics problems, more  —  Apple today is rolling out an update to macOS Sierra that addresses several issues with MacBook Pro computers, including the graphicsproblems on late 2016 MacBook Pro computers.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Android Things, a platform for building IoT devices with Google services and Android APIs, available today in developer preview  —  Google today announced Android Things, its new comprehensive IoT platform for building smart devices on top of Android APIs and Google's own services.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Imgur matures into a meme social network with the launch of new following and chat features; anyone can message anyone, which raises spam and abuse concerns  —  There should be a term for how, given long enough, every social app adds a chat feature.  Maybe “Carson's Law”, named after Johnny Carson …
More: The Imgur BlogThanks:@joshconstine
Stephen Nielson / Photoshop Blog:
Photoshop updates its Mac app with Touch Bar support, providing clearer, contextual controls  —  Just a few weeks ago, Apple revealed the all new MacBook Pro featuring a breakthrough new interface that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar.

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