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December 15, 2016, 3:00 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
To fight fake news, Facebook tests easier hoax reporting, partners with fact checking organizations to flag stories, lowers posts with less engagement, more  —  For weeks, Facebook has faced questions about its role in spreading fake news.  The intense scrutiny has caused internal divisions …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is relying on unpaid third-parties, such as Snopes and AP, to assess fake news, which will get a warning label and lower ranking in the News Feed  —  Snopes, FactCheck.org, Politifact and ABC News will help Facebook make good on four of the six promises Mark Zuckerberg …
Rhea Mahbubani / NBC Bay Area:
Uber says one if its self-driving cars ran a red light in San Francisco “due to human error”  —  It's day one of Uber's self-driving car test in San Francisco, and already trouble is brewing amidst reports of vehicles running red lights and California regulators threatening legal action.
Bloomberg:
Source: 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 5%  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is exploring a price cut or possible exit from its $4.83 billion pending acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. …
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” …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger adds Snapchat-like photo filters, including “3D masks”, special effects, stickers, more  —  What's better than a few geofilters?  A billion algorithmically generated filters.  That's Facebook Messenger's strategy to steal the visual communication crown from Snapchat …
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 …
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple will charge $69 to replace individual AirPods in or out of warranty  —  On its iPhone Service Pricing page, Apple recently updated its repair and replacement costs for AirPods, which went on sale earlier this week.  —  Apple doesn't appear to be offering AppleCare+ for AirPods …
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 …
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 …
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

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