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December 14, 2016, 7:40 PM

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Meeting with tech leaders, Trump says they can call him or his team any time, Thiel is “ahead of the curve”, and administration will work on “fair” trade deals  —  Looks like the tech industry has a direct line to Trump  —  Tech titans Jeff Bezos and Sheryl Sandberg meet with Trump transition team
Nancy Scola / Politico:
Source: Twitter was left out of Donald Trump's tech summit over refusal to create #CrookedHillary emoji, which was part of a larger $5M deal with the campaign  —  Twitter was told it was “bounced” from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution …
Jessica Misener / BuzzFeed:
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Yahoo reveals another hack where an “unauthorized third party” in Aug. 2013 stole data from 1B+ accounts including names, emails, telephone numbers, birthdates  —  Yahoo has disclosed that in addition to its September hacking incident, another “unauthorized third-party” obtained data from more than 1 billion user accounts.
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
Evernote's new privacy policy, set to take effect on Jan. 23, would let some employees read user notes to aid with machine learning, although users can opt-out  —  Evernote announced that it will roll out a new privacy policy on January 23, and the changes have users threatening to abandon the service.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Wynn Resorts to put Amazon Echo in 4.7K+ Wynn Las Vegas rooms, starting summer 2017  —  Alexa, open the curtains?  —  You may soon be able to ask that question when traveling to the Wynn Las Vegas hotel, which announced today that it will place Amazon's Echo device — powered by the voice assistant Alexa — in all 4,748 hotel rooms.
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.
April Glaser / Recode:
Uber debuts self-driving cars in San Francisco, each staffed with a backup driver and a data collector; a ride in a self-driving Volvo costs same as an Uber X  —  With drivers behind the wheels.  —  Uber is bringing its self-driving technology to San Francisco.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
150 prominent filmmakers sign an open letter to major camera makers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others, asking for default storage encryption  —  In the summer of 2013, when documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was shooting a still-secret NSA leaker named Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room, she took security seriously.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon tests Prime Air drone delivery in UK with two shoppers, will later add hundreds living near Cambridge warehouse; first order took 13 minutes to deliver  —  Amazon today announced that it has started a small private drone delivery trial in the UK.  It's currently working with only two shoppers …
NBC News:
Two senior US officials say new intel shows Vladimir Putin directed how hacked DNC material was leaked to discredit US as global leader  —  U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved …
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Reuters:
FTC orders owner of Ashley Madison to pay $1.66M fine, as remainder of $17.5M settlement gets suspended due to inability to pay  —  The owner of hacked infidelity website Ashley Madison will pay $1.66 million to settle an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and several U.S. states …

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