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December 13, 2016, 2:45 PM

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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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