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December 4, 2015, 8:40 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Nokia Closes Its $2.8B Sale Of Here To The Audi, BMW And Daimler Car Consortium  —  One of the bigger makers of maps and location services used in mobile phones and connected cars has now been taken over by a consortium of car makers.  Today Nokia completed its sale of Here to Audi AG …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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