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December 19, 2016, 3:30 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger debuts group video chat supporting 6 users on a split screen who can utilize selfie masks and up to 50 voice/text secondary participants  —  Teen app sensation Houseparty will get some competition as Facebook Messenger islaunching its own split-screen group video chat feature.
Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:
Mark Zuckerberg talks about progress and challenges building his home assistant Jarvis, a project he's spent 100-150 hours on this year  —  Facebook's CEO still loves to code.  Here's an exclusive peek at his new project, which plays music, makes toast, and occasionally annoys his wife.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple says it will appeal EU's $14B tax claim this week, arguing that EU disregarded corporate law and Ireland's tax experts to maximize penalty  —  Apple (AAPL.O) will launch a legal challenge this week to a record $14 billion EU tax demand, arguing that EU regulators ignored tax experts …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
SCOTUS will hear patent case that could limit “venue shopping”, the patent troll practice to file cases in friendly jurisdictions like Eastern District of Texas  —  In a move that may shake-up U.S. patent law, the Supreme Court this week decided to hear a case about where patent owners …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook tests letting users pick colored backgrounds for text statuses, amid reports of decreased personal sharing  —  Facebook's core attraction isn't news articles you could find anywhere, it's intimate posts from your real friends.  That explains why Facebook is trying …
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
HyperScience exits stealth with $18M in Series A funding, will use AI to tackle back-office problems, like data extraction from hand-filled forms  —  You can't swing a bag of cats these days without hitting a company that's working on AI.  —  The latest, HyperScience, is today coming out of stealth for the first time.
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