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December 23, 2016, 11:15 AM

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Jerry Beilinson / Consumer Reports:
In a first for MacBooks, Consumer Reports won't recommend 2016 MacBook Pros after testing reveals inconsistent battery life  —  Yes, it's the battery life.  Lab tests reveal problems in three different MacBook Pro models  —  Apple launched a new series of MacBook Pro laptops this fall …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google says it will launch two flagship OEM-branded smartwatches in early 2017; Android Wear 2.0 will support Android Pay  —  The watches will be the first with Android Wear 2.0  —  Google will be launching two new flagship smartwatches in the first quarter of next year, according to Jeff Chang …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
Report: source code for malicious version of Android app used by Ukraine military shows malware used in DNC hack, raising confidence of Fancy Bear-Kremlin ties  —  Report adds evidence to allegations that the hackers were working for the Russian government  —  WASHINGTON—Malicious software used …
Tony Romm / Politico:
US government now presents travelers entering on visa waiver program with optional request to provide names of their social media accounts  —  NEW YORK — The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Uber to move its self-driving-car pilot to Arizona after California DMV revokes registrations on its vehicles  —  Uber has begun implementing plans for where it will test out its self-driving cars.  The company revealed that it has selected Arizona as the next state where the autonomous vehicles …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Twitter's Android app inflated video ad metrics between Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, source says by up to 35%; Twitter admits technical error and refunds advertisers  —  A bug in a recent version of Twitter's Android app inflated video advertising metrics by as much as 35%, a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider.
Emily Jackson / Financial Post:
Canada's telecom regulator CRTC declares internet an essential service, mandates 50Mbps down, 10Mbps up for all, creates $750M fund to subsidize rural rollout  —  With its declaration that high-speed Internet a basic service, Canada's telecom regulator is shifting its regulatory focus from voice to broadband.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
ClusterHQ, an early player in the container ecosystem, shuts down operations  —  ClusterHQ, an early player in the container DevOps ecosystem, today announced that it is shutting down operations immediately.  —  “Unfortunately, it's often the pioneers who end up with arrows in their backs.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney-ABC to produce several original series for Snapchat, in bid to target younger viewers, starting with an after-party show for The Bachelor, debuting Jan 3  —  Snapchat has pulled Disney-ABC Television Group into its expanding original programming orbit, with the parties setting …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pokémon Go arrives on the Apple Watch  —  Following an erroneous report claiming that Niantic's plans to bring Pokémon Go to the Apple Watch were canceled, the company today put those rumors to rest with more than a mere statement: it has now launched the Apple Watch version of its popular game.

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