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December 21, 2016, 4:35 AM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Twitter CTO Adam Messinger and VP of Product Josh McFarland to leave company; McFarland to join Greylock Partners as a general partner  —  Twitter CTO Adam Messinger, who has been the company's CTO for almost four years and with the company for five years, said today he was leaving the company.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Live Audio launches with select publishers and authors including the BBC, LBC, and Harper Collins, will open up to more next year  —  Book readings, interviews, and news radio are coming to Facebook thanks to its new Live Audio feature launching today with a few publishers and authors before opening up next year.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
AT&T announces Call Protect, a new service for automated blocking of spam calls at network level; feature only available on postpaid iOS and Android devices  —  Today, AT&T introduced a new service for automated blocking of fraud or spam calls.  Dubbed AT&T Call Protect …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
BlackBerry posts $301M Q3 revenue, below expected $332M; declining smartphone unit made up 23% of company's revenue as software and services made up 55%  —  Albeit a small profit, the stock jumped by more than 2 percent.  —  BlackBerry's big bet on software and services is making progress — albeit slowly.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sling TV website shows details for AirTV Player, a new Android-powered device with an interface that combines Sling TV with over-the-air broadcasts and Netflix  —  Putting streaming and antenna TV channels all in the same guide  —  Dish's Sling TV website has (perhaps prematurely) unveiled a new set-top box, the AirTV Player.
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
Oracle senior staffer George Polisner resigns after co-CEO Safra Catz joins Trump transition team, starts petition for colleagues to protest Catz's involvement  —  A senior staff member of Oracle Corp., George A. Polisner, has resigned after the enterprise tech titan's co-CEO, Safra Catz …
April Glaser / Recode:
7-Eleven touts first regular commercial drone delivery service in US via partnership with Flirtey, says 77 deliveries have been made from store in Reno, Nevada  —  The convenience store chain has partnered with drone maker Flirtey for the ongoing trial.  —  7-Eleven, the world's largest …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: the Mac is getting far less attention inside Apple than it once did, amid lack of clear direction from senior management and departures of key people  —  Inside the company, the once iconic computer is getting far less attention than it once did.  —  by
Richard Procter / San Francisco Business Times:
Uber to meet with DMV and California Attorney General's office amid autonomous vehicle testing issues  —  Lawyers from Uber, the California Attorney General's office, and the Department of Motor Vehicles will meet Wednesday afternoon, the DMV said.  Further details were not disclosed.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
HelloFresh raises $88M, bringing total VC funding to nearly $360M as company looks toward possible IPO  —  HelloFresh, the Berlin-based company that delivers meal kits and recipes to subscribers, has reportedly raised another $88 million as the company continues its march toward a possible public offering.

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