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December 30, 2015, 10:10 AM

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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 in a Medium post (not the company's official blog, strangely) that the move was intended to help pave …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google confirms next Android version won't implement Oracle's proprietary Java APIs  —  Google is replacing its implementation of the Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android with OpenJDK, the open source version of Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK).
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
LG's SmartThinQ smart home hub connects to your appliances and gadgets, needs smartphone to control them and play music, looks like Amazon Echo with LCD display  —  LG's smart home hub looks like an Amazon Echo with a screen  —  Amazon's Echo was one of the stars of the retail giant's …
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
LG Display, Samsung Display to supply OLED screens for iPhones - report  —  South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd and the panel-making unit of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will supply organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for Apple Inc's iPhones, the Electronic Times reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NSA continued to spy on some allies after Snowden leaks, also capturing communications with US lawmakers and Jewish groups  —  U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress  —  National Security Agency's targeting of Israeli leaders also swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers
The Local:
Apple agrees to pay €318M in taxes to close the investigation into €1B of undeclared profits by its Italian subsidiary, tax office confirms  —  Apple to pay €318m in tax owed to Italy  —  US tech giant Apple has agreed to pay €318 million in tax owed to Italy's inland revenue …
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 …
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Windows 10 disk encryption keys are uploaded to Microsoft; Home users can delete copy from account, only Pro and Enterprise users can opt out when re-encrypting  —  Recently Bought a Windows Computer?  Microsoft Probably Has Your Encryption Key  —  One of the excellent features …
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.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Facebook tests multiple, topic-based feeds on its mobile app in place of one main News Feed, also tests wider rollout of Marketplace feature with its own tab  —  Facebook is testing multiple news feeds on mobile  —  Facebook is testing multiple, topic-based feeds on its mobile app in place of one main News Feed.

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