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December 15, 2016, 12:05 PM

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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” …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon is looking to get a price cut or exit the $4.8B Yahoo deal after company discloses 1B accounts hacked in 2013; Yahoo stock down 4.5%  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is exploring a price cut or possible exit from its $4.83 billion pending acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook tests context-based actions in Messenger via its “M” assistant, such as sending location or stickers  —  Facebook's “M” virtual assistant hasn't been rolled out to all that many people, but its interactions with a limited user base have helped train Facebook's artificial …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Instagram doubles its monthly active user base in two years to 600M, adding 100M in six months  —  That's 600 million Instagrammers, and a whole lotta brunch pics  —  It appears that the rise of Snapchat and all its Spectacles fun have yet to slow Instagram's growth: the Facebook-owned …
Politico:
Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he will resign on January 20, which will allow a new Republican majority to begin dismantling Obama-era regulations  —  Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said today he would resign, ending months of will-he or won't-he speculation about his plans.
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
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Jon Barlow / Pebble Developers:
Fitbit to keep Pebble software and services running through 2017, but smart features dependent on third-party services will be reevaluated  —  Greetings, Pebble Devs, from our new home at Fitbit!  —  After last week's announcement and Dev Blog post, we wanted to share the latest …
Will Greenwald / PC Magazine:
Onvocal introduces OV Bluetooth headphones, the first headphones that allow access to Amazon's Alexa via a smartphone app  —  Technology startup Onvocal has new Bluetooth earphones, dubbed OV, that offer full voice control of your music and direct access to voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and Google Assistant.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Wordpress adds support for 360-degree photos and video to all its hosted blogs, viewable on desktop, mobile, and VR headsets  —  All blogs hosted by WordPress.com are getting the ability to host VR content today.  The site is launching support for 360-degree photos and videos …

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