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December 3, 2015, 9:10 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: YouTube seeks streaming rights for TV shows and movies to support its new subscription service Red  —  YouTube Seeks Streaming Rights to TV Shows, Movies  —  Efforts come as YouTube looks to bolster $9.99-a-month subscription service called Red  —  YouTube is seeking streaming rights …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft should disclose profit margins and sales for its cloud and hardware businesses, not just the run rate  —  Microsoft Should Disclose Cloud Revenue, Margins, Ballmer Says  —  Former CEO says the company should provide hardware metrics  —  Ballmer comments at Microsoft's annual shareholder meeting
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Andy Rubin has tried to recruit personnel to help build a new Android phone company  —  For Andy Rubin, Android Comes Calling Again  —  Andy Rubin, the father of Google's Android smartphone operating system, has recently talked about getting back in the Android phone business after more than two years away from it.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google finishes porting Songza's features to Google Play Music and will shut down Songza on January 31  —  Google will shut down Songza on January 31, 2016  —  Google today announced the Songza website and app will be killed off on January 31, 2016.  The Google Play Music team …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: potential bidders for a Yahoo sale include Verizon, IAC/InterActive, with News Corp and Time Inc. likely interested in pieces of Yahoo  —  Bidders Emerge for Yahoo's Internet Business  —  Potential buyers range from media and telecom giants to private-equity firms
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
Samsung announces new A5, A7 smartphones with fingerprint readers and OIS cameras, and the cheaper A3; available in China first later this month  —  Samsung Announces Updated Versions of the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7  —  Today Samsung announced that updated versions of their Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 smartphones are about to be released.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber debuts simple Ride Request Button for devs to include in iOS, Android apps, offers $5 for each new rider sign up, prohibits integrating competing services  —  Uber's API Now Lets Other Apps Add A “Ride Request Button”, Earn $5 Per Signup  —  Uber's latest growth strategy is to colonize …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T plans to phase out the DirecTV and U-Verse names starting in January  —  AT&T Plans on Killing the DirecTV Name Starting in January  —  Not too surprisingly, AT&T plans to wean users off the DirecTV name after acquiring the satellite TV provider earlier this year for the rock-bottom price of $69 billion.
FBI:
FBI launches eFOIA system, putting individual FOIA requests and results online for the first time, but limits requests to one per day  —  Try New eFOIA System  —  The FBI recently began open beta testing of eFOIA, a system that puts Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests into a medium …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Judge details why Cox not entitled to DMCA safe harbor protection in BMG copyright case, says it failed to terminate accounts of subscribers accused of piracy  —  Court: Cox Willingly Failed to Disconnect Pirating Subscribers  —  Today marks the start of a crucial trial that may define …

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