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December 10, 2014, 12:50 PM

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Apple:
Apple and IBM launch first wave of ten IBM MobileFirst iOS apps for enterprises  —  Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps  —  Big Data Analytics and Security Capabilities Arrive on iPhone & iPad  —  Apple® and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram surpasses Twitter with 300M monthly users, plans to launch verified badges soon  —  Instagram Hits 300 Million Monthly Users To Surpass Twitter, Keeps It Real With Verified Badges  —  It's no fad.  Just nine months after hitting 200 million users, Instagram now says 300 million people use …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More  —  Google's Hangouts app for Android is getting a major update today, as the company's VP of Product for Google+ Bradley Horowitz announced at the LeWeb conference in Paris this morning.  Some of these new features …
Jeremy C. Owens / SiliconValley News:
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline  —  For many years The Pirate Bay has been sailing by the seat of its pants so any downtime is met with concern from its millions of users.  —  This morning, for the first time in months, The Pirate Bay disappeared offline.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Europe's right to be forgotten rule is dangerous for history and free speech  —  Web founder: Europe's ‘right to be forgotten’ rule is dangerous  —  Tim Berners-Lee believes thinks scrubbing false information off the Web is fine, but the truth should be preserved for reasons of free speech and history.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO's CTO Otto Berkes, co-creator of Xbox, resigns after HBO outsources the tech for its planned streaming service  —  HBO CTO Otto Berkes Resigns, as Network Enlists MLB to Build OTT Platform  —  HBO chief technology officer Otto Berkes is leaving the premium cable network …
Jere Suikkila / HERE Three Sixty:
Nokia's HERE maps app now available for free on Google Play; iOS version coming in early 2015  —  HERE for Android now available for free on Google Play  —  More than a million of you have already taken HERE for Android beta for a spin, with the most active downloaders coming from Germany and the USA.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
A privacy policy for cars: What automakers know about you (and what they're doing with it)  —  The General Motors OnStar command center is shown in Detroit in this 2006 file photo.  (Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)  —  If you use a road service like OnStar, you know that your car can track …
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
The New York Times open-sources its Hive crowdsourcing platform  —  A couple of months ago, the New York Times rolled out an interesting project called Madison, in which the newspaper asked readers to help the paper identify old print ads by going to a website and answering questions …
More: nytlabs and Nieman Lab
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Confirmed: Bose speakers returning to Apple Stores after removal earlier this year  —  It looks like Apple will indeed be cashing in on Bose speakers and headphones sales in time for the remainder of the holiday shopping season.  Yesterday rumors surfaced that Apple was readying its retail stores …
Jason Pontin / MIT Technology Review:
Interview with Shanley Kane, whose Model View Culture publication offers a feminist critique of Silicon Valley  —  Shanley Kane of Model View Culture Challenges a “Corrupt” Silicon Valley  —  Shanley Kane challenges the assumptions and practices of the tech industry.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Unencrypted Data Lets Thieves ‘Charge Anywhere’  —  Charge Anywhere LLC, a mobile payments provider, today disclosed that malicious software planted on its networks may have jeopardized credit card data from transactions the company handled between November 2009 and September 2014.
Adam Pasick / Quartz:
Alibaba's Alipay payments affiliate to let users authenticate accounts with iPhone Touch ID  —  Alibaba inches closer to an Apple Pay deal, one fingerprint at a time  —  Alibaba and Apple, whose bosses expressed an interest in marrying their respective mobile e-payments platforms last month, have moved from flirting to dating.
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Shazam Now Has a Built-In Music Player Powered by Spotify and Rdio  —  Today the Shazam apps for iOS and Android are getting a big update that could completely change how you use the sound ID service.  Don't worry, you'll still be able to Shazam songs on the fly as before, but now …

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