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December 6, 2016, 3:15 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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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.
Sensor Tower Blog:
Netflix becomes top grossing iOS app in the US for the first time, as weekly net revenue grows to nearly $2.9M  —  Just over a year after Netflix began allowing iOS users to subscribe to its service via in-app purchases, the Netflix app has summited the Top Grossing Apps chart for iPhone on the U.S. App Store.
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone  —  In the last year, YouTube has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone, the company revealed on Tuesday.  —  Bolstered by music subscription revenue …
Priya Anand / BuzzFeed:
After Uber updated to track user locations five minutes after rides end, EFF asks for a rollback  —  After Uber introduced a controversial app update that tracks users' locations even when they're not using the app, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading privacy group, has asked the company roll it back.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google Wifi review: solid Wi-Fi coverage, easy setup, powerful app, but expensive, not as fast as other mesh systems, and lacks a USB port for network storage  —  Google's mesh router balances performance and convenience  —  It's funny to think that the most interesting tech products of 2016 have been routers.

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