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December 8, 2016, 5:45 AM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft partners with Qualcomm, will use emulation tech to allow Windows 10 on ARM to run x86 Win32 apps  —  Microsoft will again seek to expand the reach of its Windows PC operating system to devices running mobile-oriented ARM processors, through a partnership with Qualcomm announced tonight …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Bluetooth SIG adopts Bluetooth 5 spec with 2x speed, 4x range, and 8x broadcast message capacity, arriving in devices within 2-6 months  —  Bluetooth is about to become a lot less hassle-prone.  The wireless standard's Special Interest Group has officially adopted the Bluetooth 5 spec …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is in talks with movie studios to get earlier access to releases for iTunes, possibly as soon as two weeks after theater debut  —  Movie companies said discussing rentals 2 weeks after debut  —  Encryption technology said to be one concern in negotiations
Andrea Wong / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple parks much of its foreign earnings tax-free in US via US bond purchases; filings show Treasury Dept. paid Apple $600M+ in interest over 5 years  —  Over the years, Apple Inc. has become the poster child for U.S. multinationals accused of sheltering overseas profits to avoid the IRS.
Dave Gershgorn / Quartz:
Leaked slides from an invitation-only event on December 6 reveal Apple's LiDAR and AI research efforts, including more efficient neural networks  —  Apple has long been secretive about the research done within its Cupertino, California, labs.  It's easy to understand why.
Shirley Halperin / Billboard:
Apple says Music now has 20M+ paying subscribers, up 15% from 17M in September  —  Eddy Cue and Zane Lowe on exclusives and why their service rules hip-hop.  —  Apple has released the latest numbers for the music subscription service Apple Music.  In the 18 months since the service was launched …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
T-Mobile debuts Digits in limited beta, letting users make/take calls with same phone number on all their devices, launches to public next year with pricing TBA  —  And multiple numbers on the same device — but no iMessage  —  T-Mobile just revealed its answer to AT&T's NumberSync technology …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he has “complicated” feelings over Donald Trump's use of the service, especially as it puts a spotlight on the company  —  Jack Dorsey says he has mixed feelings about the president-elect's use of the social media service
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Used car marketplace Beepi shutting down operations outside of California, laying off 180 staff, merging with Fair.com  —  After going through nearly $150 million in funding, peer-to-peer used-car marketplace Beepi.comis shifting gears.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google and Slack partner to launch new Google Drive integrations, including previews of Docs files, permission checking for files shared in Slack, more  —  Slack announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud this morning, which will bring a number of new features …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces Build 2017 will be held on May 10-12 in Seattle  —  Microsoft is combining some of its previously separate large-format conferences for 2017, and is pushing back its Build developers confab to May next year.  —  Microsoft is bringing its Build developers conference …

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