December 5, 2014, 1:55 AM

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Travis Kalanick / 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.
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
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 …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Line Pay, The Messaging App's Mobile Payments Service, Will Make Its Global Debut Soon  —  Back in October, Line Corporation, which operates the messaging app, announced plans for a mobile payments service.  Now Line, which has 170 million monthly users, says that the feature, called Line Pay, will launch soon.
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung mobile executives to leave after profit slide: source  —  (Reuters) - Three deputies to the head of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's mobile division are leaving, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday, as the world's largest smartphone maker faces a rapid decline in profit.
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.
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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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Ron Wyden introduces bill to ban FBI ‘backdoors’ in tech products  —  Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is trying to proactively block FBI head James Comey's request for new rules that make tapping into devices easier.  The Secure Data Act would ban agencies from making manufacturers alter their products …
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 …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
T-Mobile postpones LTE Nexus 9 launch, no new date in sight  —  When T-Mobile officially launched sales of the Nexus 6 smartphone it said it would start selling an LTE version of the Nexus 9 tablet in early December.  Now, it appears those plans have changed.
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.

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