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December 10, 2014, 2:50 PM

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Apple:
Apple and IBM launch first wave of ten IBM MobileFirst iOS apps for enterprises  —  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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google introduces support for Watch Faces on Android Wear with developer APIs and a new Play Store section offering dozens of designs at launch  —  Android Wear Gets Official Third-Party Watchface Support  —  Google is making good on a promise it made previously to the Android Wear community today …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram surpasses Twitter with 300M monthly users, plans to launch verified badges soon  —  Instagram Hits 300 Million Monthly Users To Surpass Twitter, Keeps It Real With Verified Badges  —  It's no fad.  Just nine months after hitting 200 million users, Instagram now says 300 million people use …
Facebook:
Facebook bringing Trending Topics to mobile, organizes topic stories in sections for news coverage, posts from people nearby, and more  —  Updates to Trending  —  People gather on Facebook to talk about what's happening in the world.  In January, we introduced Trending to help people discover timely …
Jere Suikkila / HERE Three Sixty:
Nokia's HERE maps app now available for free on Google Play; iOS version coming in early 2015  —  HERE for Android now available for free on Google Play  —  More than a million of you have already taken HERE for Android beta for a spin, with the most active downloaders coming from Germany and the USA.
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 …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Yammer Founder David Sacks Joins Cloud HR Startup Zenefits As COO  —  David Sacks is back up in the startup game.  The founder of Yammer, who sold his company to Microsoft for $1.2 billion about two-and-a-half years ago, has decided he's had enough time off and is joining fast-growing cloud HR startup Zenefits as its new COO.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Google introduces Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity, dedicates a page for Cardboard apps in the Play Store, refines building specifications  —  Google's road to virtual reality begins with Cardboard  —  When I first saw Google's Cardboard VR contraption earlier this year, I laughed.
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 …
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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.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
The New York Times open-sources its Hive crowdsourcing platform  —  A couple of months ago, the New York Times rolled out an interesting project called Madison, in which the newspaper asked readers to help the paper identify old print ads by going to a website and answering questions …
More: nytlabs and Nieman Lab
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Unencrypted Data Lets Thieves ‘Charge Anywhere’  —  Charge Anywhere LLC, a mobile payments provider, today disclosed that malicious software planted on its networks may have jeopardized credit card data from transactions the company handled between November 2009 and September 2014.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Glassdoor: Google dethrones Twitter as the best tech company to work for in the U.S., also tops new U.K. list  —  Career website Glassdoor today released its seventh annual Employees' Choice Awards, a list of the 50 best companies to work for in the coming year.
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
BuildDirect raises $43.7M at a $437M valuation for its home improvement products marketplace  —  BuildDirect Lands Funding to Deal With Onslaught of Demand … There could be too much of a good thing.  BuildDirect, a site where consumers purchase large home improvement items on the cheap …
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Shazam Now Has a Built-In Music Player Powered by Spotify and Rdio  —  Today the Shazam apps for iOS and Android are getting a big update that could completely change how you use the sound ID service.  Don't worry, you'll still be able to Shazam songs on the fly as before, but now …
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.

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