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December 17, 2014, 6:20 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) …
Hollywood Reporter:
CNN: U.S. to Name North Korea as Source of Sony Hack  —  The U.S. government is set to name North Korea as the source of the damaging cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to CNN Justice reporter Evan Perez.  —  Anchor Wolf Blitzer announced the news break during a broadcast of The Situation Room.
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 …
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
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 …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Facebook is testing an official way to sell goods in Groups  —  A new feature that's appeared for some Facebook users allows them to sell goods using a new “Sell Something” option when posting to a group.  —  The new selling option appears alongside the normal “Write Post” …
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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