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December 15, 2016, 1:15 AM

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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.
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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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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple's standalone support app for accessing product docs, scheduling Genius Bar appointments, more, comes to 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 …
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.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Online wedding registry Zola confirms it received $25M investment led by Lightspeed Venture Partners; Lightspeed partner Alex Taussig to join board  —  Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round  —  When Shan-Lyn Ma started Zola, there were several characteristics of the wedding registry industry …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
California's Dept. of Motor Vehicles says Uber needs a permit for its self-driving cars in SF; Uber disagrees, as drivers are present during rides  —  Uberlaunched a small fleet of self-driving vehicles in San Francisco on Tuesday, but the second city to host the public test …
April Glaser / Recode:

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