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December 14, 2016, 12:50 PM

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amazon Prime Video is now in 200+ countries, excluding China, at no additional cost for Prime members, and $5.99/month in countries with no Prime option  —  A month after it dropped major hints, Amazon has made its Prime Video service available in more than 200 countries worldwide bringing …
April Glaser / Recode:
Uber debuts self driving cars in San Francisco today with two operators: one backup for driving and another to collect and analyze data in the passenger seat  —  With drivers behind the wheels.  —  Uber is bringing its self-driving technology to San Francisco.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter adds live video broadcast to its iOS and Android apps; Periscope will continue as a standalone app  —  Periscope down  —  Twitter released an update today that will let you broadcast live video from within its app for iOS and Android.  The feature is “powered by” Periscope …
Instagram Blog:
Instagram introduces bookmarking for posts, letting users save them for later in a private tab  —  Starting today, you can save posts you'd like to revisit later.  —  Now you'll see a new bookmark icon underneath posts in your feed.  Simply tap it to save a post to a new, private tab on your profile.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Tesla CEO Elon Musk taking on strategic advisory roles with Trump, will “meet with the president frequently”  —  The heads of Uber and Tesla are taking on strategic advisory roles with President-elect Donald Trump.  —  Travis Kalanick …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon begins Prime Air drone delivery trials in the UK, starting with two shoppers and expanding to a few dozen over time; first delivery took 13 minutes total  —  Amazon today announced that it has started a small private drone delivery trial in the UK.  It's currently working …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple's standalone support app for accessing product docs, scheduling Genius Bar appointments, more, hits the US app Store, rolling out to more countries later  —  Apple's recently launched standalone support application is now hitting the U.S. App Store.  The app, which had quietly debuted …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple temporarily pulls 3.1.1 watchOS update after reports of it bricking some Series 2 Watch models  —  Following complaints that the new watchOS 3.1.1 update is bricking some Series 2 Apple Watch models, Apple has temporarily pulled the update.  —  watchOS 3.1.1 is no longer available …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Drive for iOS updated with ability to back up contacts, calendar, and camera roll, to make switching from iPhone to Android easier  —  Google has updated its website that guides iPhone owners through the process of making the change to Android.  But more importantly …

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