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December 20, 2016, 11:55 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Responding to media reports on an internal company message board, Tim Cook says Apple has “great desktops in our roadmap”  —  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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: inside Apple, the Mac is getting far less attention 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
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 …
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.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Uber says its self-driving cars have a problem when crossing bike lanes, is working on a fix; SF Bicycle Coalition had warned Uber about problem before launch  —  Engineers were working to fix programming flaw that could have deadly results for cyclists days after Uber announced it would openly defy California regulators
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
AirPods teardown yields a “hot mess” of close-knit components and a 0/10 repairability score; quality issues with charging case may have been the cause of delay  —  iFixit today published a teardown of Apple's AirPods, uncovering the internal components of both the AirPods themselves …
Wall Street Journal:
Indian government officials say Apple has outlined plans and sought inventives to build products in India, paving the way for official stores in the country  —  Apple is seeking financial incentives to move ahead with plan, Indian officials say  —  NEW DELHI— Apple Inc. is discussing …
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.
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 …

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