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December 14, 2016, 5:09 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook is in talks with TV shows and video producers about licensing content including original, licensed, scripted, unscripted, and sports programming  —  The company says it wants to “kickstart” its video efforts.  —  Facebook, which has long relied on other people to provide it with content …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Commenting platform Disqus lays off 20% of its workforce, or 11 people, as it shifts business models to focus on data services for publishers and advertisers  —  Some downsizing and refocusing is underway at Disqus, the startup incubated at Y-Combinator that became an early mover in the business …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Kickstarter open sources code for its native iOS and Android apps, making it available on GitHub, as part of the company's commitment to helping startups  —  Kickstarter is pulling back the curtain on its app development process.  This morning, the crowdfunding platform is taking …

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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