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December 30, 2015, 9:30 PM

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Chris Velazco / Engadget:
AT&T to stop offering two-year phone contracts on January 8, moving to up-front purchase of new phones or AT&T Next financing plans  —  AT&T to ditch most two-year phone contracts on January 8th  —  AT&T's long affair with the two-year contract seems to be coming to a close, Engadget has learned.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Valve Apologizes For Steam's Christmas Malfunction, Says It Affected 34,000 Users  —  Valve has finally apologized for last week's Steam Christmas disaster, explaining in a lengthy statement today that the issues stemmed from a Denial of Service attack and wound up exposing the information of around 34,000 users.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42  —  Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup's technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away.  He was 42.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Redesigned Twitter for Mac app now available with dark mode, GIF support, Group Direct Messages, Quote Tweet functionality, and more, but lacks polls support  —  Redesigned Twitter for Mac app with dark mode, GIF support, & more is now available  —  Earlier this year, Twitter promised …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: development for updated Twitter Mac app was outsourced; one source says to Black Pixel  —  Twitter's updated Mac app wasn't made by Twitter  —  Twitter's oft-neglected app for Mac got a much-needed update today, adding support for inline GIFs, videos, quote-tweets, and other features that mobile users have had for ages.
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber announces it completed its one billionth trip on Christmas Eve in London  —  Uber just completed its billionth trip  —  By most measures, Uber has had a pretty good year: numerous political victories, new product launches, and scary amounts of cash raised.  And the hits keep coming.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AT&T Snaps Up Assets, Talent From Carrier iQ, Phone Monitoring Startup Goes Offline  —  Remember Carrier iQ?  In the years before Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA, the name and its software became synonymous with creepy, unseen monitoring of everything that you do on a smartphone …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Flawed Chrome extension forcibly installed by AVG antivirus software could have exposed browsing history and other personal data of 9M+ users, has been patched  —  Google slams AVG for exposing Chrome user data with “security” plugin  —  AVG AntiVirus “force-installed” Chrome plugin that left browsing data vulnerable.
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 …
Brian Rohan / Associated Press:
Egypt shuts down Facebook's Free Basics internet service on telco provider Etisalat, reasons unclear  —  Free Internet service for over 3 million Egyptians shut down  —  BEIRUT (AP) — Social media site Facebook says a program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians has been shut down.
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.

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