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December 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

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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
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 …
New York Times:
Job ads aimed at age groups on platforms including Facebook raise questions of age discrimination, prompt lawsuit; Amazon, LinkedIn change methods after query  —  This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.
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 …
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing says it has raised $4B, which will be used for AI and international expansion  —  China's Didi Chuxing, the country's top ride-hailing company, said today that it has raised $4 billion in new capital to support a range of new initiatives including international expansion.
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Mozilla releases Firefox for Fire TV, touts ability to launch popular video sites like YouTube amid Amazon-Google feud over YouTube access on Amazon's devices  —  An alternative workaround to the Amazon-Google feud  —  Amid Amazon and Google's bitter and self-defeating feud over the right …
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 …
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 …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google expands Assistant SDK to Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and UK and adds device-specific voice control for smart homes  —  The software development kit (SDK) for Google Assistant is expanding to additional countries today, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
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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