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December 11, 2014, 2:30 PM

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S Somasegar / MSDN Blogs:
Microsoft acquires cross-platform crash analytics and distribution service HockeyApp  —  Microsoft acquires HockeyApp, leading mobile crash analytics and beta distribution service for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone  —  Today I'm pleased to announce that we have acquired HockeyApp …
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority:
Chromecast app's new Guest Mode option allows others to cast to your TV without a WiFi password  —  (Update: video) Chromecast update: screen casting for 4.4.2 devices, Material design, guest mode  —  Tired of updates yet?  Neither are we!  The Chromecast Android app is next in line, and the new update brings some awesome features.
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Sources: Sony Pictures using AWS to execute denial-of-service attack on sites where its stolen data is available  —  Sony Pictures Tries to Disrupt Downloads of Its Stolen Files  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment is fighting back.  —  The studio behind the “Spider-Man” franchise and …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Reverses Course, Allows Transmit to Reinstate ‘Send To’ Feature  —  Earlier this week, file management app Transmit from developer Panic gained some attention after Apple required the company to remove a key sharing feature that let files be sent to multiple services like Dropbox and iCloud Drive.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes its MSN consumer apps available on iOS, Android, Amazon devices  —  Summary:Microsoft is continuing its cross-platform push, bringing a number of its MSN-branded consumer apps to iOS, Android and Amazon devices.  —  The team inside Bing that built some of the best “Metro Style” …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Xbox, Windows Store now accepting Bitcoin payments  —  You can now use Bitcoin to add funds to your Microsoft account.  —  Microsoft has added Bitcoin support to Microsoft accounts.  Bitcoin funds can be added to accounts to enable digital purchases from the Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video stores.
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Iowa to allow drivers to use new mobile app as official driver's license in 2015  —  Iowa to launch smartphone driver's license  —  Iowans will soon be able to use a mobile app on their smartphones as their official driver's license issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
James Vincent / The Verge:
PS4 will go on sale in China in January after 14-year ban on foreign consoles  —  A new front has opened up in the console wars.  Sony announced that its PlayStation 4 console will launch in China on January 11th — four months after Microsoft's Xbox One arrived in the country.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google revamps its iOS app with Material Design, one-tap search, built-in Maps, and recently visited pages  —  Google today launched a major revamp of its main iOS app, bringing a new look and adding new features.  You can download the new version now from Apple's App Store.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google News to shut down in Spain Dec. 16 in response to recently passed Spanish copyright law  —  Strict New Copyright Law Forces End Of Google News In Spain  —  Google has decided to shut down Google News in Spain.  This drastic step will occur next week (December 16) …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Social Address Book Connect Raises $10.3M As It Expands Into Messaging, International Markets  —  Connect, a social address book and friend finder application that launched earlier this year, has raised $10.3 million in new funding as the company prepares to expand into messaging …
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Make your own Product Hunt collections and bookmarks  —  What a user profile's collections look like on Product Hunt  —  What a user profile's collections look like on Product Hunt  —  Happy holidays, early, from Product Hunt.  The self-described “Reddit for products” …
Neha Dimri / Reuters:
LendingClub opens at $24.75 on first day of trading, rising as much as 67% above IPO price  —  Loan platform operator LendingClub's shares soar in debut  —  (Reuters) - Shares of LendingClub Corp, the world's largest online marketplace that connects borrowers and investors …
More: VentureBeat and Fortune
Neeraj Saxena / Times of India:
Xiaomi banned from selling, importing phones in India: Report  —  NEW DELHI: Delhi high court has put paid to Xiaomi's surging sales juggernaut in India.  At least for now.  Hearing a case filed by Ericsson India against Xiaomi, the court on Monday passed an ex parte order forbidding …
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Cybersecurity firm Area 1 Security, founded by ex-NSA employees, raises $8M Series A led by Kleiner Perkins  —  Can three ex-NSA snoops stop the worst hacks before they start?  —  An e-mail arrives in your inbox: relevant, knowingly addressed to you, hardly suspicious.
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
Jawbone discounts its fitness trackers for corporate customers with UP for Groups  —  Your Boss Would Like You to Wear a Jawbone Fitness Tracker  —  Jawbone wants to become a part of the workday.  The company's new service, UP for Groups, will sell discounted fitness trackers …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
YouTube For Android Gets Offline Playback... But In India, Indonesia And Philippines Only  —  Here's something neat.  Google has introduced offline video playback for YouTube mobile users.  That's an exciting feature but there's bad news for most TechCrunch readers: it's only available …
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Microsoft's Minecraft finally arrives on Windows Phone  —  Microsoft has finally added Mojang's Minecraft to its repertoire of Windows Phone games, two months after buying the company.  —  Minecraft Pocket Edition appears to be the same version that's available for Android and iOS, and costs the same, too: $6.99.

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