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December 11, 2014, 6:50 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 …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Adobe acquires stock photo giant Fotolia for $800 million in cash  —  Buried within its fourth quarter earnings report, creative technologies company Adobe today revealed it plans to acquire Fotolia, a stock photo site which hosts 34 million images and videos.
More: ZDNet and TechCrunch
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Qualcomm, Intel, and others speak out against Title II net neutrality  —  Much of the fight over how to handle net neutrality has been between the two industries that have the most obvious stake in it: cable companies and web services.  Today, though, 60 tech companies, including Intel …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Removes Amazon's App Listing From Google Play Search Following Addition Of Appstore, Instant Video Integrations  —  In October, we spotted that Amazon had quietly launched a hidden and functional app store within its main Android application which was available for download on Google Play.
Reuters:
Canada's Competition Bureau probing Apple's contracts with domestic wireless carriers, says it has found no evidence of wrongdoing so far  —  Canada competition watchdog probing Apple mobile carrier deals  —  (Reuters) - Canada's Competition Bureau is investigating allegations …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft ready to show off Windows 10 mobile SKU on January 21  —  Summary:Microsoft will share more about the Windows 10 ‘consumer experience’ at an event on January 21 in Redmond.  —  Microsoft officials sent invitations on December 11 to selected press and analysts to its next Windows 10 reveal event.
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” …
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Facebook tries to block 300 search warrants issued by NY prosecutor last year, the biggest set it's ever received  —  Facebook Seeks to Block N.Y. Prosecutor's Search Warrants  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) is asking a New York appeals court to block the largest set of search warrants the company …
More: RT
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
CenturyLink acquires predictive analytics company Cognilytics  —  If you thought CenturyLink was only focused on building an extensive cloud-computing portfolio, think again.  The telecommunications company is announcing today that it has bought 200-person predictive analytics company Cognilytics.
More: ZDNet and Seeking Alpha
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.
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.

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