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December 23, 2016, 7:10 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Liza Lin / Wall Street Journal:
After US put Alibaba's Taobao site back on counterfeiters blacklist, Alibaba says it will create advisory board with international brands to tackle fake goods  —  Advisory board is intended to improve intellectual-property enforcement  —  Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. …
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.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Times:
Apple Music executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson talk about working with stars and exclusives, the role of labels, and how Apple Music supports musicians  —  By all modern metrics, Drake was far and away the most listened-to artist of 2016, a year when music consumers further abandoned CDs …
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 …

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