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December 13, 2016, 10:25 AM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Report: Google no longer developing self-driving car without a steering wheel and pedals, is partnering with automakers on cars with some self-driving features  —  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:
AirPods launch on Apple Store for $159 with delivery estimates slipping to December 29, will arrive at retail stores beginning some time next week  —  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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Android's Google Keyboard renamed Gboard with new features including Google Search, emoji search, dedicated number row, multiple active languages, and more  —  Google released a keyboard app for the iPhone some months back called Gboard, and everyone was wondering if it would come to Android.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update will bring Cortana support to IoT devices with screens in 2017  —  Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update, coming next year, will include the ability for Cortana to work from across the room with certain IoT devices — but only those with screens.

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