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December 2, 2015, 4:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo board begins meeting Wednesday for three days to plan future after Starboard increased pressure on company to sell core business last month  —  Yahoo Board to Weigh Sale of Internet Business  —  Board to discuss whether to proceed with a plan to spin off its investment in Alibaba …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: Yahoo board to discuss Alibaba spinoff and selling off some units, said to back Marissa Mayer  —  Despite Wall Street Noise and Sale Rumors, Yahoo Board Backs Mayer  —  As the old saying kind of goes, reports of the impending demise of CEO Marissa Mayer at Yahoo are greatly exaggerated.
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
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 …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google Deceptively Tracks Students' Internet Browsing, EFF Says in FTC Complaint  —  EFF Launches ‘Spying on Students’ Campaign to Raise Awareness About Privacy Risks of School Technology Tools  —  San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a complaint today …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Consumer SSDs and hard drive prices are nearing parity  —  The prices of mainstream consumer SSDs have fallen dramatically every year over the past three, and by 2017 they are expected to be within 11 cents of the per-gigabyte price of hard disk drives (HDDs).
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
The advantages of going public for Box show how Lyft could benefit from IPOing ahead of Uber  —  Crazy Like a Box: Going Public Can Give Start-Ups Outsize Power  —  In early 2014, when the cloud storage company Box filed for an initial public offering, many on Wall Street looked at its numbers and laughed.
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Airbnb shares anonymized data for New York City, shows median host income is about $5K per year  —  Airbnb Releases Trove of New York City Home-Sharing Data  —  Airbnb has had a rough history with regulators in New York City.  Now the company is playing nice.

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