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November 26, 2014, 5:45 AM

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Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Uber Said Close to Raising Funding at Up to $40B Value  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is close to raising a round of financing that would value the mobile car-booking company at $35 billion to $40 billion, according to people with knowledge of the situation.  —  T. Rowe Price Group Inc …
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
Sony to cut TV, smartphone lineup; sees growth in PlayStation, image sensors  —  (Reuters) - Japan's loss-making Sony Corp plans to slash its TV and mobile phone product line-ups to cut costs, counting on multi-billion dollar revenue surges for its buoyant PlayStation 4 and image sensor businesses over the next three years.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Betaworks' latest experiment-turned-product is #Homescreen, a simple app that lets users share their iPhone home screens  —  Homescreen Is Betaworks' Latest Experiment-Turned-Product  —  When someone picks up their phone to take a peek, I can't help but take a peek, too.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
In Another Fire Sale, Amazon Cuts Phone Price to $199 Unlocked, Still With a Free Year of Prime  —  It's no secret that Amazon has a lot of unsold Fire Phones, but the question has been how the retailer would look to sell its inventory.  —  Screenshot by Re/code
Kristin Cwalinski / CNBC:
Twitter has talked to Bieber-backed Shots: Source  —  Twitter has talked about an acquisition of Shots, the selfie app backed by singer Justin Bieber, a source close to Shots told CNBC on Tuesday.  —  Twitter's acquisition plans became the subject of hot speculation on Monday …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
US expresses ‘concern’ over EU proposal to break up Google  —  The United States Mission to the European Union says antitrust issues should not be “politicized.”  —  The United States doesn't seem to like the European Parliament's proposed breakup of Google.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
With Google's deal expiring in 2015, Yahoo and Microsoft compete to take over as default search engine in Safari for iOS  —  All Eyes on Apple as Google Search Deal Expires Next Year  —  Mozilla's decision last week to replace Google with Yahoo as the default search engine for the Firefox browser …
Julia Love / Mercury News:
Union pushes for better conditions for security guards on Apple campus  —  As organized labor expands its efforts in Silicon Valley, a local union and civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson are pushing for better working conditions for the security guards who work at Apple's campus.
Department of Justice:
StealthGenie CEO ordered to pay $500K fine for selling spyware app, surrender source code to government  —  Man Pleads Guilty for Selling “StealthGenie” Spyware App and Ordered to Pay $500,000 Fine  —  A Danish citizen today pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered …
Aaron Smith / Pew Internet:
Pew: most US internet users familiar with common terms like megabyte, captcha, but few understand concepts like Moore's Law, Internet vs. Web  —  What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web  —  Before you read the report, test your own Web IQ by taking the interactive knowledge quiz.
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares  —  (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Twitter Introduces Offers: Discounts You Claim in Tweets and Redeem in Stores  —  First, Twitter dipped its toes into e-commerce.  Now it wants a piece of bricks-and-mortar retail, too.  —  The social network today is introducing Twitter Offers, discounts that users can claim right …

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