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December 21, 2016, 1:05 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nintendo says Super Mario Run was downloaded 40M+ times in its first 4 days of availability, breaking iOS App Store records  —  Nintendo has confirmed what we all knew was likely - Super Mario Run got a lot of downloads at launch.  The company says that the app was downloaded …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
House Judiciary Committee's Encryption Working Group report says encryption backdoors pose a security threat, siding with tech experts  —  Today, the House Judiciary Committee's Encryption Working Group released its year-end report — and the result is good news for technology companies.
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
EU's top court rules “general and indiscriminate retention” of electronic communications is illegal, possibly opening UK's Snoopers Charter to legal challenges  —  Indiscriminate collection of emails is illegal, court rules in response to challenge originally brought by David Davis
Steven Overly / Washington Post:
White House report: AI will lead to long-term growth in productivity and efficiency but will likely lead to millions of job losses in low-skill sectors  —  The growing popularity of artificial intelligence technology will likely lead to millions of lost jobs, especially among less-educated workers …
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 …
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.
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.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Verizon “supercookie” partner Turn settles with FTC over privacy violations charges that it continued tracking consumers even after they opted out of tracking  —  The ad tech firm was found continuing to track users even after they opted-out.  —  Turn, which operates …
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.

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