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December 5, 2015, 12:05 AM

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Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Sony Has Bought Toshiba's Image Sensor Division for $155 Million  —  Following a series of negotiations, Sony has announced that it's buying Toshiba's image sensor business for 19 billion yen—which is about $155 million.  —  The deal, rumored in October, will see Sony take over Toshiba's …
Don Reisinger / Fortune:
Samsung agrees to pay $548M in damages awarded to Apple in 2012 patent ruling, but reserves right to seek reimbursement, which Apple disputes  —  Samsung Will Pay Apple for Damages—But Wants the Cash Back  —  If you thought the patent battle between Apple and Samsung would finally end with a cash payment, you're sorely mistaken.
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Toshiba considering spinning off unprofitable PC business alongside Fujitsu, others  —  Toshiba Looks to Spin Off PC Business  —  The proposed spinoff would be Toshiba's latest effort to strip out unprofitable units  —  TOKYO—Toshiba Corp. is looking to spin off …
IDC:
Worldwide Smartphone Market Will See the First Single-Digit Growth Year on Record  —  Worldwide Smartphone Market Will See the First Single-Digit Growth Year on Record, According to IDC  —  FRAMINGHAM, Mass. December 3 , 201 5 - According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation …
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.
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.
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Microsoft working on ‘sleep’ issues with Surface Pro 4, Surface Book with solution early next year  —  Microsoft this week fixed the crashing display driver issue found on the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.  The problem stems from the early adoption of Intel's new Skylake chipset …
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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.

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IBM:
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