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December 24, 2016, 1:50 PM

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Cyanogen announces shut down of all services and nightly builds on December 31; users with devices running Cyanogen OS must switch to open source CyanogenMod  —  It's been a rocky few months for Cyanogen, the ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google.
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Pulls All Withings Accessories From Apple Online Store Following Nokia Lawsuit  —  In the wake of its legal dispute with Nokia, Apple has pulled all Withings-branded accessories from its online store and presumably from all of its retail stores around the world.
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 …
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. …
Lucy Battersby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Federal Court of Australia fines Valve 3M Australian dollars over Steam store refund policies  —  Gaming company Valve Corporation has been hit with a $3 million fine after the Federal Court found its online games site Steam breached Australian Consumer Laws.
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
How shopping online, shared Amazon accounts, web browser histories, and targeted advertising make it hard to keep holiday gifts secret from family and friends  —  Online shopping makes it simple to buy gifts, but cookies, browsing histories and thumbprint passwords make it hard to hide them; it's from Amazon, not Santa
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