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December 14, 2016, 8:15 AM

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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 …
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.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amazon expands Prime Video to 200+ countries excluding China, no additional cost for Prime members, $5.99/month in countries with no Prime subscription option  —  A month after it dropped major hints, Amazon has made its Prime Video service available in more than 200 countries worldwide bringing …
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
New Microsoft Translator feature enables real-time, in-person, multi-language translations for conversations across multiple devices  —  Microsoft this morning announced a new feature for its Translator program that will let people use their smartphones to have conversations in several languages at the same time.
Microsoft:
Microsoft officially introduces Zo Chatbot, available on Kik now, coming to Facebook Messenger and Skype in future  —  Microsoft has been investing in the promise of artificial intelligence for more than 25 years — and this vision is coming to life with new chatbot Zo, Cortana Devices SDK and Skills Kit …
Tony Romm / Politico:
IBM announces plan to hire 25K new workers in the US over the next four years, including 6K the next year, and a $1B investment for training and development  —  IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced Tuesday that her company would hire 25,000 new workers over the next four years …
Tinder:
Tinder launches a standalone Apple TV app, complete with swipe support and more, available now  —  Fun for the whole family.  —  Just when you thought the holidays couldn't get any more exciting, we're bringing Tinder to your home theater.  It's the same dynamite swiping experience you know and love …
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:
Hundreds of Silicon Valley engineers 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 …
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
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.

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