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December 20, 2017, 5:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to combine iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps in push toward platform unification, aims to let developers expand iOS apps to Macs as early as 2018  —  Aim is to let developers expand iOS apps to Mac computers  —  Apple customers have complained some Mac apps get short shrift
Brian Crecente / Rolling Stone:
Reporter describes new demos of Magic Leap's mixed-reality headset and talks with founder Rony Abovitz about the science behind it  —  Rony Abovitz talks with Glixel about the tech and ambitions behind new MR Goggles  —  Magic Leap today revealed a mixed reality headset that it believes reinvents …
Business Insider:
Justin O'Beirne:
How Google Maps has created data of buildings and “Areas of Interest” from its aerial, satellite, and Street View imagery to take a 6+ year lead over Apple  —  Over the past year, we've been comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps in New York, San Francisco, and London …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple confirms Geekbench analysis that shows it manages power demands on iPhones with older batteries to avoid shutdowns, saying it added the feature last year  —  Because of a Reddit post and the loose interpretation of subsequent benchmark tests posted by Primate Labs' John Poole, the …
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Coinbase temporarily disables Bitcoin Cash trading on its subsidiary GDAX exchange after $BCH prices topped $9.5K compared to ~$3K on other exchanges  —  Update : We're still waiting to hear directly from Coinbase on exactly what went wrong, but the company put out a series of tweets confirming …
Brian Armstrong / The Coinbase Blog:
Coinbase CEO says Bitcoin Cash price increase before the announcement warrants internal investigation into whether someone at Coinbase profited from inside info  —  Today we announced support for Bitcoin Cash (BCH).  It appears the price of Bitcoin Cash on other exchanges increased in the hours before our announcement.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber says it has hired Barney Harford, former CEO of online travel site Orbitz that was acquired by Expedia in 2015, as its COO  —  Harford becomes company's second-highest ranking executive  —  Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi worked with Harford at Expedia  —  Barney Harford …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Niantic Labs adds support for more advanced AR to Pokemon Go on iOS through Apple's ARKit developer tools  —  A very good reason to keep AR mode on all the time  —  Niantic Labs, the developer of mobile augment reality hit Pokémon Go, today announced that an update of its iOS version …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Twitter now lets users set up third-party apps, such as 1Password or Authy, for two-factor authentication as an alternative to SMS  —  Twitter has announced an important change to how it handles two-factor authentication for new logins on its service.  Twitter now lets you use third-party apps …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Plan to vote on bill for long-term reauthorization of key NSA surveillance program loses support from House Republicans  —  House Republicans have abandoned plans to vote on a long-term reauthorization of a powerful government authority to conduct foreign surveillance on U.S. soil …
CNBC:
European Court of Justice rules that Uber is a transport service, not an information service; decision means EU states can use national laws to regulate Uber  —  Uber is a taxi company, according to a landmark ruling from Europe's highest court.  —  The European Court of Justice (ECJ) …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Experts say tax bill, lobbied for by tech giants, will help big tech in short-term but fails to address long-term issues like tech-abetted economic displacement  —  Let's pretend you have just been picked to run a small island nation.  Congratulations!  —  But don't settle in to your throne quite yet.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Password manager maker Keeper sues Ars Technica and reporter Dan Goodin for story on a vulnerability in Keeper software, first highlighted by Google researcher  —  The vulnerability was fixed, but Keeper now demands that the allegedly defamatory article is pulled offline.

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