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December 4, 2014, 10:40 PM

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Uber Blog:
Uber raises $1.2B, looks to invest in the Asia Pacific region; acknowledges shortcomings in company's culture  —  The Ride Ahead  —  2014 has been a year of tremendous growth for Uber.  It was just a year ago that Uber was operating in 60 cities and 21 countries - today we are in over 250 cities in 50 countries.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Operation AURORAGOLD: How the NSA hacks cellphone networks worldwide and spies on the GSM Association, which includes Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, Facebook, others  —  How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide  —  In March 2011, two weeks before the Western intervention in Libya …
Sherrel Wheeler Stewart / Reuters:
Tim Cook agrees to lend his name to Alabama LGBT anti-discrimination bill after initial resistance from Apple  —  Alabama anti-discrimination bill to be named after Apple's Tim Cook  —  (Reuters) - An anti-discrimination bill championed by Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker will bear …
Aruna Viswanatha / Reuters:
US Justice Department creating new unit to work with the private sector to prevent online crime and advise on electronic surveillance in cyber investigations  —  New U.S. cybersecurity prosecutor unit to focus on prevention  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is creating a unit within …
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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Unveils Its Own Diapers and Baby Wipes Called Amazon Elements  —  For years, Amazon naysayers have warned that the e-commerce giant's ambition would drive it to compete ever more directly with the merchants who sell goods on Amazon's popular online marketplace.
Lev Grossman / TIME:
Inside Mark Zuckerberg's plan to wire the world and put every single human being online  —  Exclusive: Inside Facebook's Plan to Wire the World  —  Chandauli is a tiny town in rural India about a four-hour drive southwest of New Delhi.  India's a big country, and there are several Chandaulis.
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds new beta of OS X 10.10.2, highlights fixes for Wi-Fi issues  —  Apple has seeded a new build of the OS X Yosemite beta to AppleSeed users and developers.  The seed notes for build 14C78c say that testers should focus on Wi-Fi connectivity, indicating that Apple has done some work in that area to resolve outstanding issues.
Nick Statt / CNET:
Eddy Cue testimony in antitrust trial: Apple's iPod updates, DRM strategy were to prevent hacks, piracy  —  Apple defended iPod from hackers, iTunes chief says in antitrust trial  —  iTunes chief Eddy Cue says hackers wanted to break apart Apple's digital music ecosystem in a trial questioning its use of software updates.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft sells its 17.6% stake in Nook back to Barnes & Noble for $62M and 2.7M shares  —  Microsoft sells its stake in Nook back to Barnes & Noble  —  Microsoft and Barnes & Noble unveiled a “strategic partnership” back in April 2012 which involved the software maker investing $300 million …

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