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December 17, 2014, 5:10 PM

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Hugh Langley / TechRadar:
Netflix: offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’  —  Well damn … For some time now, services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD have offered the ability to download shows for offline viewing, yet Netflix hasn't  —  And despite the pleas of the masses (or maybe it's just us) …
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony hackers achieve key aim as three largest theater chains in US cancel screenings of The Interview  —  Source: Top Five Theater Circuits Drop ‘The Interview’ After Sony Hack  — The country's largest chains won't be showing the movie  —  The country's top five theater circuits …
Business Insider:
Sony Just Cancelled The December 25 Release Of ‘The Interview’  —  Sony Pictures has decided to cancel the December 25 release of ‘The Interview’ after major theaters said they wouldn't screen the movie.  “We Have Decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release of 'The Interview …
Shane Dingman / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry Classic review: old-fashioned phone that won't please traditionalists or new users  —  Review: BlackBerry Classic is a trip back in time  —  The BlackBerry Classic is a curmudgeonly phone.  —  That's not entirely pejorative: a curmudgeon can be a beloved figure with a kind of …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked Sony emails show Snapchat acquired QR scanning company Scan for $50M and AddLive for $30M, negotiated with Vevo for music partnership  —  Snapchat Plans Music Feature, Acquired QR Scan.me For $50M And Vergence Eyeglass Cam For $15M,  —  Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack …
Purch:
Purch, owner of Tom's Hardware and Laptop Magazine, acquires AnandTech months after founder Anand Shimpi leaves for Apple  —  Purch Acquires AnandTech, Dominates Tech Expert and Enthusiast Market  —  Leading content and commerce company adds respected mobile, computing, and IT reviews site to its brand portfolio
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
21st Century Fox to Acquire Ad Tech Firm TrueX for $200 Million  —  21st Century Fox Inc. has agreed to acquire the online advertising technology company TrueX Media, people familiar with the matter said.  —  21st Century Fox is paying a sum approaching $200 million for TrueX, said a person familiar with the deal.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar opens Creator Preview for YouTube rival Vessel to lure stars; $2.99/month service includes ads, offers up to $50 CPM for creators  —  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Pulls Back the Curtain on Vessel, His YouTube Rival  —  Six years ago Jason Kilar made a big splash in Web video when he launched Hulu.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Tile's tiny Bluetooth stuff-tracker now works with Android  —  Tile's promise to track your stuff with small Bluetooth squares last year made it one of the biggest crowd-funded successes ever, raising nearly $2.7 million worth of orders in just a month.  What's taken the company a lot longer …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Netflix's streaming app now available on Dish's Hopper DVR in first big pay-TV partnership  —  Netflix now on Dish's Hopper in first big pay-TV partnership  —  Subscribers to Dish's satellite TV service can now access Netflix right on their set-top box, the companies announced on Wednesday.
Reuters:
Uber faces tough rivals, regulatory glare in China  —  (Reuters) - Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc.
 

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