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December 10, 2014, 9:20 AM

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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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More  —  Google's Hangouts app for Android is getting a major update today, as the company's VP of Product for Google+ Bradley Horowitz announced at the LeWeb conference in Paris this morning.  Some of these new features …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Uber's Background Checks for Drivers Come Under Scrutiny  —  Uber champions its “industry-leading standards” for vetting its drivers.  On its website, it describes its background checks as “often more rigorous” than those in the traditional taxi industry.  —  But in statehouses across the country …
Jeremy C. Owens / SiliconValley News:
Apple:
Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps  —  Big Data Analytics and Security Capabilities Arrive on iPhone & iPad  —  Apple® and IBM today deliver the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Europe's right to be forgotten rule is dangerous for history and free speech  —  Web founder: Europe's ‘right to be forgotten’ rule is dangerous  —  Tim Berners-Lee believes thinks scrubbing false information off the Web is fine, but the truth should be preserved for reasons of free speech and history.
Jason Pontin / MIT Technology Review:
Interview with Shanley Kane, whose Model View Culture publication offers a feminist critique of Silicon Valley  —  Shanley Kane of Model View Culture Challenges a “Corrupt” Silicon Valley  —  Shanley Kane challenges the assumptions and practices of the tech industry.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Confirmed: Bose speakers returning to Apple Stores after removal earlier this year  —  It looks like Apple will indeed be cashing in on Bose speakers and headphones sales in time for the remainder of the holiday shopping season.  Yesterday rumors surfaced that Apple was readying its retail stores …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
A privacy policy for cars: What automakers know about you (and what they're doing with it)  —  The General Motors OnStar command center is shown in Detroit in this 2006 file photo.  (Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)  —  If you use a road service like OnStar, you know that your car can track …
Tweets: @kashhill
Greg Gardner / Cromulent Labs:
Behind Apple's rejection of Launcher, and why it may never return to the app store  —  Launcher Followup and Thoughts on the App Store Review System  —  Since I still receive a few emails every week asking me if Launcher is ever coming back to the App Store, I figured it would make sense …
More: Business Insider, Marco.org and TUAWTweets: @thenewlou
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Blackphone launching world's first privacy-focused app store  —  Firm says new software store will allow users to increase Blackphone's functionality while protecting data and communications  —  Privacy-first smartphone company Blackphone is launching its own app store for users concerned about privacy and security.
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” …
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.

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