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Tom Wheeler / Wired:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes Title II based net neutrality rules for wired and wireless networks  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality  —  Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.
TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Calendar App Sunrise For North Of $100 Million  —  Software giant Microsoft is in the process of trying to reinvent itself, and part of that reinvention evidently involves acquiring startups that have created products that compete with its own.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans all-new Beats-based music service integrated into iOS, iTunes, and Apple TV, develops Android app in-house, considers charging $8/month  —  The Next Episode: Apple's plans for Beats-based music service revealed  —  Six months after buying the subscription music service Beats Music …
Re/code:
Apple Taps Samsung to Manufacture Next iPhone Chip  —  Apple is discovering it's harder to split from Samsung than it would like.  —  The company has used Samsung for all manner of components, though it has been working to reduce reliance on its chief rival.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
The Next Android Revision Is Indeed ‘Android 5.1 Lollipop’, Shipping On Android One Phones, Coming To Nexus Devices  —  A few hours ago, we spotted no less than five mentions of “Android 5.1” on Google's Indonesian Android One page.  Considering that 5.1 is quite a jump from 5.0.2 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Verizon Cuts Most Data Plan Costs by $10 Per Month  —  Verizon on Wednesday announced a series of price cuts, chopping $10 per month off most of its monthly data plans.  —  A monthly shared data plan with 1GB of data will now start at $30 per month, rather than $40, with other rate plans getting a similar cut.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal for $475M and Endomondo for $85M  —  Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal for $475M and Endomondo for $85M  —  Under Armour just announced it has acquired both Endomondo and MyFitnessPal today.  —  The company said the acquisition establishes ownership of the …
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Silk Road website founder Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts  —  A jury has ruled Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old who founded the black market website Silk Road, guilty on all counts.  —  The FBI arrested Ulbricht in a sting operation in October 2013 accusing him of being the criminal …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Google acquires Launchpad Toys, maker of popular storytelling app for kids Toontastic  —  Google acquires Toontastic for tike-friendly tinkering  —  The search giant scoops up Launchpad Toys and its popular make-your-own cartoon app, which is now free to all users.
AppleInsider:
Apple is reportedly testing camera-equipped minivans in the Bay Area, possibly for a Street View-like mapping system  —  Apple testing mysterious camera-equipped vehicles in the Bay Area  —  A number of minivans with what appears to be camera equipment and a LiDAR sensor mounted to the roof …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Seacrest-Backed Keyboard Case Maker Typo Ordered to Pay BlackBerry $860,000  —  A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Typo Products owes BlackBerry more than $860,000 for violating an injunction barring sales of its original iPhone keyboard case.  The contempt finding has to do with BlackBerry's allegations …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone Overtakes Android In US Sales For The First Time Since 2012  —  Apple, in its flush of new, bigger iPhone 6 handsets, has been selling record numbers of its older and newer model smartphones in the last few months, and now it's passed another significant milestone …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches preview of universal Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10  —  Microsoft today launched the first part of its Office for Windows 10 in preview.  You can download the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps now from the Windows Store Beta that ships with the latest Windows 10 build.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Fast-Growing Zoom Raises $30 Million for Online Video Conferencing … Video conferencing companies have attracted millions of dollars in venture capital, as everyone from startups to large established companies like Cisco Systems Inc. try to make this technology work in the cloud.
More: eWeek and bizjournals
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft stops making the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, the last remaining Windows RT device in production  —  Windows RT is officially dead  —  Microsoft was left alone as the last manufacturer of Windows RT-based tablets, and now the software giant is no longer producing any RT devices.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Stealthy enterprise data storage startup Qumulo raises $40M, adds Isilon founder to board … Hang around the Qumulo office long enough, and you'll certainly see someone whizzing by on a Razor scooter.  The two-wheelers are spread throughout the 16th floor of the Century Square building in downtown Seattle …
More: Gigaom, TechCrunch and eWeekThanks:@johnhcook
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
What Satya Nadella has done in his first year as Microsoft CEO  —  In just one year, Satya Nadella made Microsoft so much better  —  One year ago, Microsoft appointed long-time Microsoftie Satya Nadella as the company's historic third CEO, and by all accounts, it's been a helluva ride for the company ever since.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Instagram introduces endlessly looping videos to please advertisers  —  Instagram has tweaked its video settings so that clips automatically replay in users' streams — a change that will be mainly welcomed by #brands keen to get as many views for their ads as possible.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sony confirms it will axe another 1,100 employees in mobile unit  —  Sony confirmed it will cut another 1,100 employees from its Mobile Communications business, on top of the 1,000 job cuts it had already announced in that unit.  The company, which disclosed the job cuts in conjunction …
Brian Fagioli / BetaNews:
Toshiba releases super-secure Encrypted USB Flash Drive with hardware-based encryption  —  In a cloud-focused world, more and more people are shunning physical storage.  It's hard to blame them, as cloud services are very convenient.  Best of all, services like Dropbox and OneDrive store …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
OnePlus and Cyanogen put SwiftKey on the One by default  —  In the spirit of bloatware—which oddly goes against basically everything the company stands for—OnePlus has decided that SwiftKey is an absolute necessity for every user of its One smartphone.  The company has partnered with SwiftKey …

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