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December 11, 2014, 9:55 PM

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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.
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.
Oculus VR:
Oculus acquires skeletal hand tracking firm Nimble VR and 3D mapping company 13th Lab, hires motion capture expert Chris Bregler  —  Nimble VR, 13th Lab, and Chris Bregler join Oculus  —  Computer vision is at the heart of delivering comfortable and incredible virtual reality.
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 …
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Apple online retail stores in US and UK now accepting PayPal  —  Apple's Online Store Starts Accepting PayPal  —  Apple.com shoppers in the U.S. and the U.K. have a new way to pay for the latest iPhone or iPad: PayPal.  Previously available as a payment option only in Apple's app and content stores …
More: MacRumors, 9to5Mac and iMore
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.
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Zuckerberg Dislikes The Idea Of A Facebook “Dislike” Button  —  “That's not something that we think is good for the world,” the Facebook CEO said during his second town hall Q&A.  —  Don't go looking for a “dislike” button on Facebook; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he has no interest in giving people the means to be mean.
More: TechCrunch
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 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” …
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:
Hortonworks prices IPO at $16, above its $12-$14 range, raises $100M  —  Hortonworks Raises $100 Million, Pricing IPO Above Range  —  Hortonworks Inc., a startup that sells services and support for the Hadoop free data-analysis technology, raised $100 million in an initial public offering …
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.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
App-analytics company New Relic picks up $115M in its IPO, setting price at $23  —  New Relic today announced that it has raised $115 million from investors before it hits the New York Stock Exchange on Friday under the symbol NEWR.  —  The company set the price of its shares at $23 …
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.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Facebook tries to block 381 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
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Bing Rolls Out International Hotel Booking Feature & Updates Mobile Search Results  —  Bing released two updates today, adding a new hotel booking feature in partnership with TripAdvisor, as well as updating its mobile search results to include details like deep links and time-stamps.
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

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