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December 12, 2014, 10:50 AM

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TechCrunch:
China's Baidu Set To Partner With Uber And Reportedly Invest Up To $600M  —  Uber may have just raised a fresh $1.2 billion this month, but the company looks set to welcome a new investor, Chinese internet giant Baidu, which is reportedly set to invest as much as $600 million into the U.S. firm.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Apple online retail stores in US and UK now accepting PayPal  —  Apple's Online Store Starts Accepting PayPal  —  Apple.com shoppers in the U.S. and the U.K. have a new way to pay for the latest iPhone or iPad: PayPal.  Previously available as a payment option only in Apple's app and content stores …
Chris Mills / Gizmodo:
YouTube is experimenting with a built-in GIF maker tool for videos  —  YouTube Now Lets You Make GIFs From Videos  —  Making short GIFs of YouTube videos is a pretty well-established practice now — so much so that there's dozens of websites dedicated to this finest of art forms.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Google Announces The Top Apps, Movies, Music Of 2014  —  Google has just released its ‘best stuff of the year’ on Google Play for 2014, and in terms of most downloaded content, it's not all that different from Apple's list.  —  Frozen, The Walking Dead, and Fancy by Iggy Azalea all placed …
Oculus VR:
Oculus acquires skeletal hand tracking firm Nimble VR and 3D mapping company 13th Lab, hires motion capture expert Chris Bregler  —  Nimble VR, 13th Lab, and Chris Bregler join Oculus  —  Computer vision is at the heart of delivering comfortable and incredible virtual reality.
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Sony SmartWatch 3 review: best Android Wear smartwatch for active users with GPS and offline music playback  —  Sony SmartWatch 3 review: Goodbye MOTOACTV, hello future of Android Wear  —  Summary:The Sony SmartWatch 3 earned a permanent spot on Matthew's wrist due to the ability to serve …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Removes Amazon's App Listing From Google Play Search Following Addition Of Appstore, Instant Video Integrations  —  In October, we spotted that Amazon had quietly launched a hidden and functional app store within its main Android application which was available for download on Google Play.
Tom Huddleston Jr / Fortune:
Google to close its Russian engineering office before country's new rules on data storage take effect Jan. 2015  —  Google gives a big ‘nyet’ to Russian engineering operations  —  Google may be the latest tech company to pull up stakes in Russia.  —  The online search giant is reportedly planning …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple now requires cases protect devices from 1m drops, meet new environmental standards  —  Apple recently started requiring case manufacturers in its Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program follow new requirements that will ensure cases better protect Apple devices and cover glass from impact …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
T-Mobile is first to offer LTE Nexus 9 in the US, $600 or $0 down, coming soon to Google Play  —  T-Mobile announced today that it's now selling Google's latest HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet for $0 down or $600.  As noted by T-Mobile, this will be the first place you can officially get the LTE version of the Nexus 9 through a US carrier.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
New Relic's IPO Spikes 31% In Initial Trading  —  In early trading, New Relic's shares are up 31% in its first day as a public company.  Another technology company, Hortonworks, will begin trading this morning as well.  —  The two companies are trading on different exchanges …
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Zuckerberg Dislikes The Idea Of A Facebook “Dislike” Button  —  “That's not something that we think is good for the world,” the Facebook CEO said during his second town hall Q&A.  —  Don't go looking for a “dislike” button on Facebook; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he has no interest in giving people the means to be mean.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Adobe acquires stock photo giant Fotolia for $800 million in cash  —  Buried within its fourth quarter earnings report, creative technologies company Adobe today revealed it plans to acquire Fotolia, a stock photo site which hosts 34 million images and videos.
Reuters:
Canada's Competition Bureau probing Apple's contracts with domestic wireless carriers, says it has found no evidence of wrongdoing so far  —  Canada competition watchdog probing Apple mobile carrier deals  —  (Reuters) - Canada's Competition Bureau is investigating allegations …

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