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December 29, 2016, 11:00 AM

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Alessandro Sabatelli / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter introduces live 360-degree videos on Periscope and Twitter from select partners  —  Today, we're introducing a new way to see what's happening on Twitter - through live 360 video.  —  Starting today, you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what's happening with them.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
As the list of SV startup scandals grows, entrepreneurs' “fake it till you make it” ethos garners continued scrutiny from reporters, while investors defend bets  —  As the list of startup scandals grows, it's time to ask whether entrepreneurs are taking “fake it till you make it” too far.
Flurry Blog:
44% of global smartphone and tablet activations from December 19-25 were iOS, down 5% YoY, while 21% were Samsung devices; Pixel, Pixel XL not among top sellers  —  With the dates of Christmas and Chanukah synced this year, smartphones were once again predominate on everyone's wish lists.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Ford debuts upgraded self-driving car with extra compute power, better vision despite now having two LiDAR sensors, plans to triple fleet to 90 vehicles in 2017  —  Ford has developed a new generation of autonomous development vehicle, a hybrid Fusion that uses the same essential platform …
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Report: police sought Echo data with warrant in murder case; Amazon declined to share the data Echo logged on servers but did provide suspect's account details  —  Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Oculus acquires eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe  —  The direction you look could one day control your VR or mobile experience thanks to Facebook and Oculus' latest buy, The Eye Tribe.  Oculus confirms to me that this is an official acquisition.The startup has developed …
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
South Korea's antitrust regulator fines Qualcomm $850M+, says firm forced phone makers to pay royalties for too broad a set of patents on modem chip sales  —  South Korea's antitrust regulator said on Wednesday it fined U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc 1.03 trillion won ($854 million) …
David Barboza / New York Times:
How China built “iPhone City”, the world's biggest iPhone factory, in Zhengzhou, with billions in perks, tax breaks, and subsidies to Foxconn  —  A hidden bounty of benefits for Foxconn's plant in Zhengzhou, the world's biggest iPhone factory, is central to the production of Apple's most profitable product.
Brett Howse / AnandTech:
Lenovo updates Thinkpad lineup with Microsoft Precision TouchPad drivers, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, Intel Optane SSD support, unveils Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docks  —  Today Lenovo is announcing a refresh of most of its ThinkPad lineup, and although the model numbers have only changed a bit …
Rachel Becker / The Verge:
FDA publishes new cybersecurity guidelines for securing medical devices, but the recommendations lack enforceability  —  The FDA outlined how medical device manufacturers should ward off cyberattacks, but didn't include plans for enforcement  —  Today, the US Food and Drug Administration released …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces “Amazon Digital Day”, a sales holiday on December 30 with 1K+ digital deals on subscriptions, TV shows, music, movies, and more  —  Amazon is known for creating its own, exclusive sales holidays and events to boost its bottom line, as it has done with Prime Day …

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Microsoft:
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eero:
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IBM:
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The Top 100 Venture Capitalists  —  For a third consecutive year, we worked with The New York Times to develop a data-driven ranking of the world's best venture capital partners.  Here are the top 100.

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