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December 11, 2014, 3:50 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 …
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” …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
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.
More: AppleInsider, Gigaom and 9to5MacTweets: @film_girl
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.
Re/code:
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 …
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.
Maya Kosoff / Business Insider:
Uber Is Suspending Operations In New Delhi Following Allegations Of Rape Against One Of Its Drivers  —  Uber will suspend operations in New Delhi and review its Indian operations, according to a company blog post on Thursday.  The announcement comes three days after Delhi, India's capital territory, banned the service.
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Dropbox launches Microsoft Office collaboration features for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Windows and Mac  —  Dropbox today launched its much-anticipated Project Harmony functionality, which brings collaboration tools to Microsoft Office desktop applications.
More: Computerworld and GigaomThanks:@harrisonweber
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 …
Timothy Hay / Wall Street Journal:
Woven Digital, maker of viral videos geared toward young men, raises $18M Series A led by IVP  —  Woven Digital Raises $18 Million for Viral Video Geared Toward Young Men  —  Institutional Venture Partners has a long track record of investing in news and entertainment providers …
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 …
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.
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Product Hunt now lets you make your own collections and bookmarks  —  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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Nation-backed malware targets diplomats' iPhones, Androids, and PCs  —  Researchers have uncovered yet another international espionage campaign that's so sophisticated and comprehensive that it could only have been developed with the backing of a well resourced country.
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.
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 …

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