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December 17, 2014, 9:55 AM

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Tim Higgins / Bloomberg:
Apple Stops Online Sales in Russia Over Ruble Fluctuations  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) has halted online sales in Russia due to “extreme” ruble fluctuations, the company said.  —  “Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely, a spokesman for the Cupertino …
Andrew Binstock / Dr. Dobb's:
Dr. Dobb's to stop producing content at year end due to decline in ad revenue despite 10M+ page views this year  —  Farewell, Dr. Dobb's  —  This year, our website will deliver almost 10.3 million page views, which is an unprecedented number for Dr. Dobb's.  It's up from 9 million last year and 8 million three years ago.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Wearables, Bitcoin, or messaging may underpin the next consumer computing epoch, after the PC, internet, and mobile  —  The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014  —  While the modern computing era in many respects began with the IBM System/360 mainframe and further expanded with the minicomputer …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You  —  We're not ace photographers, but we all take photos.  Most could use a little help with light and shadow.  So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Takes Play Music's Songza-Powered Playlists Abroad, First Stop UK  —  With catalogues of unlimited music on streaming services so extensive these days that we never quite know what to listen to first, playlists have become one of the key ways that music fans use services like Soundcloud.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Drive gets Gmail attachment support, Google voice search on Android, uploading from other apps on iOS  —  Google today rolled out new Google Drive features in Gmail, as well as updated Android and iOS apps.  Gmail attachment support is live now, while the Android update is rolling out on Google Play …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Brandwatch buys top influencer analytics firm PeerIndex  —  Brandwatch, the maker of technology for acquiring social intelligence, has purchased PeerIndex, an analytics firm that finds and measures social influencers.  —  Above: Giles Palmer, CEO of Brandwatch.
Vikas SN / MediaNama:
OnePlus sales halted in India after Micromax complaint over Cyanogen exclusivity  —  OnePlus India sales stopped by Delhi HC after Micromax complains  —  Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has been stopped from shipping or selling its smartphones in India, just a fortnight after its launch in the country, reports Mint.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Fitbit says Charge skin irritation issues aren't caused by the device's materials  —  Fitbit says Charge skin issues aren't caused by its materials  —  Fitbit is no stranger to customer complaints, especially when it comes to skin issues.  After dealing with a wave of criticism …
Silke Koltrowitz / Reuters:
TAG Heuer enlists partners in smartwatch plan and may make acquisitions  —  (Reuters) - TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the strategy, its head said on Tuesday.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Jury finds Apple not liable of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case  —  Apple cleared in potential $1 billion court case  —  An eight-person jury has decided that Apple is not on the hook for what could have been more than $1 billion in a trial centering on extra security measures …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
MongoDB snaps up WiredTiger as new storage engine option  —  NoSQL fan favorite MongoDB has purchased WiredTiger and its storage engine technology, and as part of the deal snags itself some database stars in Keith Bostic and Dr. Michael Cahill.  —  Bostic was co-founder of Sleepycat Software …

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