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December 20, 2016, 9:15 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook says Apple has desktops on its roadmap in a posting to employee message board  —  One of the memes to come out of the somewhat contentious rollout of the MacBook Pro is that Apple has given up on the desktop Mac.  Given the slower upgrade cycle of desktops and how well my Retina 5K iMac …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Source: Uber lost $2.2B+ in first 9 months of 2016, with $800M+ in Q3 excluding Chinese ops; firm on track to exceed $5.5B in net revenue this year  —  Ride-hailing company's annual loss may hit $3 billion by year's end  —  Even as Uber Technologies Inc. exited China, the company's financial loss has remained eye-popping.
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
EU antitrust regulators charge Facebook with providing misleading information during its $22B WhatsApp takeover, can impose a fine of 1% of Facebook's turnover  —  European Union antitrust regulators have charged Facebook Inc (FB.O) with providing misleading information during its takeover of WhatsApp …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Indian government officials say Apple is discussing manufacturing its products in India, has outlined its plans and sought financial incentives  —  Apple is seeking financial incentives to move ahead with plan, Indian officials say  —  NEW DELHI— Apple Inc. is discussing with the Indian government …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google open sources Project Wycheproof, security tests of cryptographic libraries for known attacks, says 40+ security bugs have already been discovered  —  Google today released Project Wycheproof, a set of security tests that check cryptographic software libraries for known weaknesses being used in attacks.
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.
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica:
German politicians propose legislation to fine social media sites spreading fake news, giving sites 24 hours to kill hoaxes  —  Social media sites must kill hoaxes within 24 hours, offer prominent corrections.  —  Germany's coalition government is threatening to bring in legislation early next year …
Ben Bajarin / Tech.pinions:
Apple AirPods review: seamless pairing, comfortable, and Siri in-your-ear would be great if it were voice-only, instead of voice-first and requiring a screen  —  Prior to their going on sale, we had quite a bit of information about the AirPods and what they were capable of doing.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter updates search results so tweets are displayed by relevance, not in reverse chronological order  —  Twitter is updating its search results so that tweets will be ranked based on relevance instead of by timeline, bringing search in line with what users have experienced on their timeline for the past 10 months.
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin / Inc.com:
SEC filing shows Aereo founder Chet Kanojia's new firm Starry recently raised $30M Series B  —  Armed with another $30 million, the team behind Aereo is preparing to deploy its new service, Starry, next year.  —  Senior  Chet Kanojia's previous company, Aereo, was shut down by the highest court in the United States.

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