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December 6, 2016, 5:20 PM

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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court throws out $399M penalty judgment against Samsung in patent dispute with Apple over iPhone design, sends the case back to the lower court  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Instagram will soon let you turn off comments and boot followers from private accounts  —  New tools designed to curb abuse will be available in the ‘coming weeks’  —  With images as its main form of social currency, Instagram's problems with abuse have never been quite as visible as those of other social networks.
USA Today:
President-elect Trump to host roundtable summit for tech industry leaders on Dec. 14; invitation was sent by Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Peter Thiel  —  SAN FRANCISCO — President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology industry leaders to a roundtable next week in New York.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Sprint owner SoftBank says it'll invest $50B in US and create 50K new jobs over next four years, as SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son meets with Trump  —  SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son made a surprise appearance at Trump Tower today where he appears to have worked out a deal with the president-elect …
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn approved by EU, to close in the coming days as it has now received all the regulatory approvals needed  —  It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year.
Julia Love / Reuters:
Tim Cook says Apple Watch set a new sales record during first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product  —  Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple debuts iOS and tvOS single sign-on feature with 9 launch partners including Dish, DirecTV, Sling TV; however, Comcast, Charter, more big names are missing  —  But the list of companies supporting the feature at launch is pretty weak  —  The days of having to enter your cable account login details …
Sam Shead / Business Insider:
Director of AI research at Apple, Russ Salakhutd, says the company's AI researchers will start publishing some of their work, in a shift away from secrecy  —  Artificial intelligence researchers at Apple are going to start publishing some of their work and engaging more with the wider academic community.
Urs Hölzle / The Keyword:
Google says it will run its global operations entirely on renewable energy in 2017, claims it is the world's largest corporate buyer of renewable power  —  Every year people search on Google trillions of times; every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Facebook now asking users to rate articles' use of “misleading language” to detect fake news  —  A survey asking users about “misleading language” in posts is the latest indication that Facebook is facing up to what many see as its responsibility to get a handle on the fake news situation.
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