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January 12, 2017, 5:30 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple planning push into original TV shows and movies for Apple Music subscribers, hopes to share viewer metrics and demographic data with producers  —  Apple is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, a move that could make it a bigger player …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google updates Maps with tweaked ride-hailing screen and ability to hail an Uber without leaving the app  —  Google's making it way easier and simpler to hail an Uber with Google Maps.  Today the company announced that the latest version of Google Maps on Android and iOS lets users request …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Donald Trump to hold meetings on a “regular basis” with private sector firms focusing on cybersecurity preparedness, organized by Rudy Giuliani  —  President-elect Donald Trump's administration will hold private industry meetings on cybersecurity preparedness, led by Rudy Giuliani …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
New rules allow National Security Agency to share raw intercepted communications with other 16 US intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections  —  WASHINGTON — In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency …
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Camera drone maker Lily will shut down and refund customers, saying it failed to raise funds for production despite $14M Series A and $34M in preorders  —  Lily, the autonomous camera drone that sold a whopping $34 million in preorders, has announced it is shutting down.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera launches Neon, an experimental browser for Windows and Mac that aims to showcase its vision for the future of the web  —  Browsers have gotten boring.  After a flurry of innovation, especially around the time Google launched Chrome, things slowed down over the last few years.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon says it will grow its full-time US workforce from 180K to 280K employees over the next 18 months, with many positions in fulfillment centers  —  Many of the positions are for fulfillment gigs, but tech positions abound too.  Amazon joins the trend of corporations touting hiring plans ahead of the Trump Administration.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Peter Thiel talks Donald Trump, Silicon Valley, and more in a wide-ranging interview  —  Let others tremble at the thought that Donald J. Trump may go too far.  Peter Thiel worries that Mr. Trump may not go far enough.  —  “Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much …
Thushan Amarasiriwardena / Google:
Google updates kid-focused animation app Toontastic with 3D graphics, available for free on iOS and Android today  —  Today's digital devices and tools offer amazing opportunities for kids to imagine, invent and explore with technology—and perhaps most important of all, have fun!
Natt Garun / The Verge:
YouTube launches Super Chat in beta, letting viewers pay to pin comments on live streams, with a broad rollout on January 31  —  But you'll have to do your own troll patrol  —  YouTube today is announcing a new feature to help creators monetize when they go live.
 

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