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December 29, 2015, 5:05 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
How Wish, the shopping app startup and top app advertiser on Facebook and Instagram, aims to become the next trillion dollar marketplace  —  Meet Wish, the $3 Billion App That Could Be the Next Walmart  —  As the words poured out of Peter Szulczewski's mouth, I thought he must be pulling my leg.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter cracks down on harassment by rearranging paragraphs in its terms of service  —  In the wake of former CEO Dick Costolo admitting the company “suck[s] at dealing with abuse,” Twitter has devoted many blog posts to explaining how seriously it takes the issue.
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 …
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Gabriel Stricker returns to Google to lead communications for Fiber after three years at Twitter as chief communications officer  —  Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber  —  During all of Twitter's changes this year, one move stuck out as quite significant …

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