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December 4, 2015, 4:50 AM

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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
OnePlus makes flagship phone OnePlus 2 invite-free starting Dec. 5, 64GB available for $389, unclear on whether order delays will continue  —  You won't need an invite to buy the OnePlus 2 starting this Friday  —  If you've been interested in getting a OnePlus 2 but didn't have an invite, your wait is coming to an end.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Zuckerberg and Chan chose LLC for Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for flexibility, won't get tax benefit associated with traditional foundation  —  I want to thank you all for your heartwarming congratulations on Max's birth and on starting the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.  This whole community has been so loving and supportive.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple's Swift programming language is now open source  —  As promised earlier in the year, Apple's Swift team has now posted source code for the Swift compiler and standard library functions and objects.  Open-sourcing Swift is a big win for the developer community as it means Swift …
Lauren Hockenson / The Next Web:
EFF's free HTTPS tool 'Let's Encrypt' enters public beta  —  Really, there's no good reason for devs to not adopt HTTPS certification.  The added protection makes you and your users safer, and ensures that you can guarantee that your website doesn't inject malicious malware, tracking or unwanted ads onto your user experience.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook expanding Live Video to all users starting with small selection of US iOS users, rolls out photo and video collages on iPhone, Android coming in 2016  —  Facebook begins testing live video streaming for all users  —  Four months after introducing live video streaming for celebrities …
Carlos Hernandez / Official Google Blog:
Google releases Cardboard Camera app for making 3D panoramas on Android that can be viewed in Cardboard VR headsets  —  Step inside your photos with Cardboard Camera  —  With Google Cardboard, you can take amazing trips to faraway places and feel like you're actually there.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IDC: Wearables grew 197.6% in Q3 2015, Fitbit beats Apple again while Samsung drops out of top 5  —  Smartphones and tablets may be dominated by big tech companies, but wearables are still led by the little guy.  In Q3 2015, Fitbit narrowly stole first place again, keeping it ahead of Apple and Xiaomi.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Uber looking to raise up to $2.1B in round valuing company at $62.5B with investments from Tiger Global, T. Rowe Price, others  —  Uber Raises Funding at $62.5 Billion Valuation  —  The ride-hailing company is said to seek $2.1 billion in a new funding round.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
KGI: 4-inch iPhone resembling iPhone 5S with A9 chip, curved glass edges, Apple Pay, and more, to launch early 2016  —  New A9-Based 4-Inch iPhone Expected to Launch Early 2016 With Apple Pay and Colorful Metal Casing  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note corroborating rumors …
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Venerated VC Michael Moritz Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot on Question About Hiring Women  —  There are jarringly few women who work in the venture capital industry.  Almost 80 percent of VC firms have never appointed a woman to represent them on the board of a portfolio company.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Yahoo revamps Messenger with group messaging, ability to unsend and like messages, send GIFs, and more, now available on iOS, Android, and the Web  —  Yahoo finally relaunches Messenger as an app aimed at families and groups  —  When Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo in 2012 …

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