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December 16, 2014, 4:21 AM

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Amazon:
HBO GO is now available on Amazon Fire TV, support for Fire TV Stick coming in spring  —  HBO GO Now Available on Amazon Fire TV  —  HBO GO joins a growing list of services that support Amazon Fire TV voice search — customers simply say the name of a movie or TV show to find it on Amazon …
Gurdeep Pall / Skype Blogs:
Skype Translator preview goes live on Windows 8.1 with support for real-time translation of English and Spanish  —  Skype Translator Preview - An Exciting Journey to a New Chapter in Communication  —  For more than a decade, Skype has been breaking down geographical barriers to make every day audio and video communications possible.
The Foursquare Blog:
Foursquare launches on iPad with emphasis on trip planning  —  Introducing Foursquare for the iPad, the best way to plan your holiday travels.  —  Since the new Foursquare came out a few months ago, people have been telling us that they do a lot of their planning on their iPad …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft removes waitlist for its Office presentation app Sway, adds slew of new features to the preview  —  Microsoft today expanded the preview for its content aggregation and presentation application Sway.  The waitlist has been axed, meaning anyone with a Microsoft Account can sign up to start creating Sways.
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Apple, Amazon, other tech giants, trade groups, and academics support Microsoft in its case against US Government on overseas search warrants  —  Business, Media and Civil Society Speak Up in Key Privacy Case  —  Today represents an important milestone in our litigation concerning …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Bose May Be Working on Streaming Music Service  —  Apple's Beats Electronics and Bose already compete in the headphone and speaker markets, but it appears that Bose may be gearing up to compete with Beats in another area — streaming music.  —  A Bose job listing first noticed by Hypebot …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: 301M Smartphones Sold In Q3 As Xiaomi Muscles Into The Top 5 At Samsung's Expense  —  Smartphones now account for 66% of all mobile phones worldwide and are on track to see 2014 sales of 1.2 billion units in 2014.  But while Android appears to have “won” the so-called platform war …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay admin talks about the raid, copycats, says he's not sure site will be relaunched  —  Pirate Bay Responds to The Raid, Copies and The Future  —  For more than a decade The Pirate Bay's been the bastion of uncensored information.  Until the raid on some of its critical infrastructure last week …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Comcast Will Finally Let Roku Owners Stream HBO, Showtime  —  Many people who own Roku Web video boxes can use the devices to watch shows from HBO and Showtime.  But not Comcast subscribers: A dispute between Roku and America's biggest pay TV provider have kept the networks' streaming services off of Roku gadgets.
More: Engadget
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Warner Music's CEO advocates for paid services as streaming revenue rises 74% in last 12 months while download sales dropped by 12%  —  Warner Music Says It Loves Streaming Music — As Long as Listeners Are Paying for It  —  Like other music labels, Warner Music Group thinks the boom in streaming music services is a good thing.
More: Ubergizmo and MacRumors
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Networking company Riverbed Technology to be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $3.6B after activist investor struggle  —  Riverbed Technology to sell for $3.6 billion after activist investor struggle  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Networking company Riverbed Technology has agreed …
Kristian Vättö / AnandTech:
Western Digital's enterprise arm HGST to acquire flash array provider Skyera in all cash deal  —  Western Digital to Acquire Skyera  —  Western Digital, or its enterprise arm HGST to be exact, has today announced that it will be acquiring all-flash array provider Skyera.

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