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December 29, 2015, 3:10 PM

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Samsung is adding SmartThing hubs to its 2016 HD TVs to control connected devices  —  Your next Samsung HD television could be a hub that ties all the connected devices in your home together.  The Korea-based electronics manufacturer revealed today that its 2016 smart TV lineup …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung's Bio-Processor chip that has built-in support for measuring body fat, muscle mass, heart rate, skin temperature, and more goes into mass production  —  Samsung's new processor is meant for building much better fitness trackers  —  Samsung thinks it's about time that fitness trackers did more than monitor your pulse.
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify sued for $150M over alleged unpaid royalties, proposed class exceeds 100 members  —  Spotify Hit With $150 Million Class Action Over Unpaid Royalties  —  EMAIL ME  —  Vocal artist rights advocate David Lowery brings a massive action against the largest streaming service.
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Twitter hires Apple's Jeffrey Siminoff as new vice president of diversity and inclusion  —  Twitter Hires New VP Of Diversity And Inclusion From Apple  —  Twitter has hired Jeffrey Siminoff to replace Janet Van Huysse as the company's new vice president of diversity and inclusion.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Sidecar, once an Uber and Lyft competitor, is shutting down on December 31  —  Sidecar has announced it's shutting down at the end of the year.  Company chief executive Sunil Paul explained that the move was intended to help pave the way so his team could “work on strategic alternatives and lay the groundwork for the next big thing.”
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Nandita Bose / Reuters:
Samsung plans to let US users pay online with Samsung Pay, expand it to lower-priced smartphones soon  —  Samsung Pay plans to enable U.S. online shopping in 2016  —  Samsung Electronics Co plans to expand its fledgling mobile payment service in the United States next year …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Every new Apple product or feature released in 2015 was essentially in beta  —  2015: Apple's year in beta  —  The Gizmodo headline last week was blunt, in the way that the best Giz headlines are blunt: Everything Apple Introduced This Year Kinda Sucked.  It's worth reading …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Facebook lawsuit against Paul Ceglia's lawyers, alleging they knew evidence was fabricated to show a 50% stake in the company, is thrown out by appeals court  —  Facebook lawsuit against fugitive's lawyers is thrown out  —  A New York state appeals court on Tuesday threw …
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel completes $16.7B Altera deal, its largest acquisition ever  —  Intel Completes Acquisition of Altera  —  $16.7 billion deal underscores Intel CEO's plan to expand chip maker's business  —  Intel Corp. on Monday completed its biggest-ever acquisition, a deal that underscores Chief …

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