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December 9, 2014, 10:50 PM

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Erin Griffith / Fortune:
HBO launching web-only service in April 2015, will outsource streaming tech to MLB Advanced Media  —  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.
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.
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.
Jeremy C. Owens / SiliconValley News:
SF and LA district attorneys sue Uber, claim it makes false and misleading statements; settle with Lyft for $500k  —  Biz Break: San Francisco and L.A. sue Uber, claim misleading and illegal actions  —  Today: Uber faces a civil suit from San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys amid a wave of resistance.
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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
Kellex / Droid Life:
Google Mobile Results Now 100-150 Milliseconds Faster in Chrome for Android  —  According to Ilya Grigorik, a developer advocate at Google, when you tap on a Google Search result after performing a mobile search, the page will now load 100-150 milliseconds faster in Chrome for Android.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iOS 8.1.2 With Fix for Disappearing Ringtone Issue  —  Apple today released iOS 8.1.2 to the public, introducing bug fixes and addressing an issue that caused ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store to be removed from an iOS device.  Apple advises users who have lost ringtones …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Amazon Instant Video can now stream movies and TV shows in 4K  —  Amazon today announced Amazon Instant Video has gained support for Ultra HD picture quality.  Amazon Prime subscribers can now watch movies, TV shows, and Amazon Original Series content in the higher resolution.
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.
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 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Restaurant Reservation Service Reserve Launches In San Francisco  —  Reserve, a mobile app that makes it easy to find reservations at top restaurants, announced today that it's now available in San Francisco.  —  The service, which launched in October, came out of Expa, the “startup studio” …

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