December 9, 2014, 7:55 PM

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Erin Griffith / Fortune:
HBO to outsource streaming technology behind standalone service launching in 2015 to MLB Advanced  —  Exclusive: HBO to outsource streaming technology in blow to ‘backstabbing’ CTO  —  In a major strategic shift, HBO will license the technology underpinning the standalone streaming service it plans to offer in 2015.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO's CTO Otto Berkes, co-creator of Xbox, resigns after HBO outsources the tech for its planned streaming service  —  HBO CTO Otto Berkes Resigns, as Network Enlists MLB to Build OTT Platform  —  HBO chief technology officer Otto Berkes is leaving the premium cable network …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline  —  For many years The Pirate Bay has been sailing by the seat of its pants so any downtime is met with concern from its millions of users.  —  This morning, for the first time in months, The Pirate Bay disappeared offline.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
YouTube app on Apple TV gets YouTube's full video library, predictive search, channel subscriptions, and ads  —  YouTube's Apple TV Gets a New Look, More Videos ... and Ads  —  YouTube has spent the last couple years overhauling the apps it provides for different devices, but it has steered clear of Apple TV.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Dashlane feature will let you change all passwords for around 75 major websites including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, more, at once  —  Dashlane can now change all your passwords with a single click, and it's amazing  —  A feature we have been waiting for forever
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
T-Mobile launches $100 two-line family plan with unlimited data  —  New plan undercuts AT&T and Verizon by a wide margin  —  T-Mobile today announced a new two-line family plan option that provides unlimited talk, text, and data services for $100 per month.  Additional lines (up to eight more) can be added for $40 per month.
Nick Statt / CNET:
AP, Bloomberg, and CNN seek release of Steve Jobs deposition video used in antitrust case  —  News organizations fight to release Steve Jobs deposition video  —  Apple is combating reporters over sharing unreleased footage of the late Apple CEO shown in antitrust court Friday.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
SoundCloud in discussions to raise about $150M at a valuation expected to top $1.2B  —  SoundCloud's Valuation Could Top $1.2 Billion With New Fundraising  —  SoundCloud, a popular music and audio-sharing service, is in discussions to raise about $150 million in new financing at a valuation …
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Altiscale Raises $30 Million to Make Hadoop Easier to Use … Despite more than $1 billion invested in companies commercializing the big-data software Hadoop, it is still hard to handle, requiring teams of IT specialists to tend it and keep it running.  —  Interest in Hadoop from potential customers …
Kelton Lynn / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter expands Tailored Audiences ad targeting to include data from mobile apps  —  Introducing tailored audiences from mobile apps  —  Today, we're announcing tailored audiences from mobile apps, a new way for advertisers to create targetable audience segments based on mobile app actions such as an install, purchase or sign-up.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Postmates Is Launching An API To Let Third-Party Sellers Offer Local Delivery  —  On-demand delivery startup Postmates is expected to announce the release of an API tomorrow that will enable third-party sellers and apps to offer local delivery via its couriers.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Box launches Trust program with Symantec, Splunk, and others to help corporate customers protect sensitive data  —  Box launches ‘Trust’ security program with Symantec, Splunk, others  —  Summary:Now the soon-to-be public business is taking initiative by launching its own security coalition, dubbed Box Trust.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon now lets shoppers ‘Make an Offer’ to negotiate lower prices with merchants  —  Taking a leaf out of eBay's book, Amazon has announced a new “Make an Offer” feature that lets consumers negotiate prices with merchants.  —  Similar to eBay's “Best Offer” feature, Amazon will also now let shoppers …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Parse Launches Crash Reporting, Brings Local Datastore To iOS  —  Parse, the mobile development platform Facebook acquired last year, offers developers a pretty complete feature lineup, but one thing that was always missing was crash reporting.  While Parse offers an analytics service …
Kip Kniskern / WinBeta:
App Annie adds Windows, Windows Phone Store analytics, announces new Team Sharing feature  —  App Annie, the “standard in app analytics and market data”, today announced that they're pleased, “thrilled” actually, to be adding support for Windows Store and Windows Phone Store with App Annie Analytics and Store Stats.

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