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December 18, 2015, 11:00 AM

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Andrew Pollack / Bloomberg Business:
Apple and Samsung ink separate agreements with China's UnionPay to introduce their competing mobile payments systems in the country, expect early 2016 launch  —  Apple, Samsung Agree With UnionPay for China Payments From 2016  —  Agreements in China subject to certification from regulators
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows Phone 8.1 users won't get Windows 10 Mobile update until 2016  —  Microsoft is planning to make Windows 10 Mobile available to existing Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 users starting in early 2016, rather than this month, officials are now saying.  —  Even though Microsoft officials …
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Juniper discovers backdoor in its NetScreen enterprise firewalls that allows decrypting VPN traffic, admin access, recommends patching immediately  —  JUNIPER FINDS BACKDOOR THAT DECRYPTS VPN TRAFFIC  —  Juniper Networks today has released an emergency patch that removes what it's calling …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC wants to meet with T-Mobile, Comcast, AT&T by Jan. 15 to discuss their zero-rating programs  —  Regulators want to talk to AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile about sponsored data  —  Federal regulators have asked AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile to meet with them to discuss a growing …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Netflix announces rebuilt Universal Windows 10 app for PCs and tablets, coming to smartphones early next year  —  Netflix's new Windows 10 app embraces Microsoft's universal dream  —  Netflix is making the most of Windows 10 today.  Netflix is updating its Windows Store app …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Vine introduces personalized Twitter Moment's-like curated channel, For You  —  Vine will now curate a channel of posts it thinks you'll want to see  —  It can be a pain for new users to find stuff on Twitter, so the company spent a big part of its year trying to show users things from people they don't already follow.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Analysis: Williams is the obvious successor to Cook, Schiller to relieve Cue of some responsibilities, Tor Myhren succeeds soon-to-retire Hiroki Asai  —  Opinion: Today's Apple promotions cover executive losses, hint at Apple's future  —  Earlier today, Apple announced some of the most wide-ranging changes …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
ID theft monitoring company LifeLock to pay $100M fine for violating 2010 FTC settlement that required LifeLock protect customer data  —  LifeLock to pay $100 million to settle U.S. contempt charges: FTC  —  LifeLock Inc, which sells identity theft monitoring and fraud detection services …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest launches a tool that notifies users when a product they've pinned drops in price  —  Pinterest Launches A New Way To Track Price Drops On Buyable Pins  —  Pinterest has a new way to entice users to come back and buy things: keeping tabs on the price.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Akamai: Global average Internet speed grew 14% to 5.1 Mbps, only 5.2% of users have broadband  —  Global average connection speeds rose 14 percent year over year to 5.1 Mbps in Q3 2015.  Unfortunately, just over 5 percent of users now have broadband speeds of at least 25.0 Mbps.

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