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December 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

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Gurdeep Pall / Skype Blogs:
Skype Translator preview goes live on Windows 8.1 with support for real-time translation of English and Spanish  —  Skype Translator Preview - An Exciting Journey to a New Chapter in Communication  —  For more than a decade, Skype has been breaking down geographical barriers to make every day audio and video communications possible.
Amazon:
HBO GO is now available on Amazon Fire TV, support for Fire TV Stick coming in spring  —  HBO GO Now Available on Amazon Fire TV  —  HBO GO joins a growing list of services that support Amazon Fire TV voice search — customers simply say the name of a movie or TV show to find it on Amazon …
The Foursquare Blog:
Foursquare launches on iPad with emphasis on trip planning  —  Introducing Foursquare for the iPad, the best way to plan your holiday travels.  —  Since the new Foursquare came out a few months ago, people have been telling us that they do a lot of their planning on their iPad …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay admin talks about the raid, copycats, says he's not sure site will be relaunched  —  Pirate Bay Responds to The Raid, Copies and The Future  —  For more than a decade The Pirate Bay's been the bastion of uncensored information.  Until the raid on some of its critical infrastructure last week …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: 301M Smartphones Sold In Q3 As Xiaomi Muscles Into The Top 5 At Samsung's Expense  —  Smartphones now account for 66% of all mobile phones worldwide and are on track to see 2014 sales of 1.2 billion units in 2014.  But while Android appears to have “won” the so-called platform war …
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Apple, Amazon, other tech giants, trade groups, and academics support Microsoft in its case against US Government on overseas search warrants  —  Business, Media and Civil Society Speak Up in Key Privacy Case  —  Today represents an important milestone in our litigation concerning …
Laura Lorenzetti / Fortune:
SurveyMonkey is worth $2 billion after new $250 million fundraising round  —  SurveyMonkey, the online survey platform, raised $250 million in equity financing, making the company worth close to $2 billion.  —  The funding will help the company pursue future acquisition purchases …
Brian Ries / Mashable:
Uber introduces surge pricing during Sydney hostage siege, then backtracks, offers free rides, refunds  —  Uber intros surge pricing during Sydney hostage siege, then backtracks after user outcry  —  This post was updated at 10:45 p.m. ET to include an updated statement from Uber
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Sony unlikely to prevail in court if it sues media organizations for publishing stolen data  —  Can Sony sue media outlets who publish the stolen Sony documents?  —  David Boies, representing Sony, has written a letter to various media outlets, demanding that they not publish or otherwise use …
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Workflow lets you easily chain together and automate hundreds of actions across iOS apps  —  Workflow pushes the limits of how powerful iOS can be  —  A new app called Workflow aims to close the divide between the power of OS X and the convenience of iOS.
Tweets: @arix
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Survey reveals most technology companies' privacy policies do not cover employee access to user data  —  We Asked 29 Tech Companies If Their Employees Can Access Your Personal Data  —  Privacy policies rarely mention the weakest point in any company's security infrastructure: its employees.
Tweets: @cwarzel and @parmy
Matthew Bennett / The Spain Report:
Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association Now Asks Government To Help Stop Google News Closure  —  NEWS: AEDE announces it wants the Spanish government and EU competition authorities to stop Google closing Google News: “to protect the rights of citizens and businesses”.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Google:
T-Mobile teases a new uncarrier deal livestreaming tomorrow as it claims 50% faster LTE in NY  —  T-Mobile has announced that it will be unveiling its latest contract-free deal in a livestreamed ‘fireside chat’ tomorrow, Un-carrier 8.0. … The company hasn't hinted at any of the details, but we'll of course let you know ...
Chine Labbe / Reuters:
France says UberPop to be banned as irate taxi drivers stall traffic  —  (Reuters) - The UberPop transport service will be banned in France from Jan. 1 to avoid unfair competition, the interior ministry said on Monday as taxi drivers impeded morning traffic into Paris in a one-day protest against the U.S.-based online cab-hailing firm.

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