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December 8, 2015, 10:30 PM

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Wired:
Blog posts and unverified leaked documents suggest eccentric 44-year-old Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto  —  Bitcoin's Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Probably This Unknown Australian Genius  —  Even as his face towered 10 feet above the crowd …
Gizmodo:
Leaked documents, corroborating interviews point to two likely Bitcoin creators: Australian Craig Wright, and deceased US computer forensics expert Dave Kleiman  —  This Australian Says He and His Dead Friend Invented Bitcoin  —  A monthlong Gizmodo investigation has uncovered compelling …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Sources: Yahoo won't move forward with Alibaba spinoff, will instead examine a deal involving its core business  —  Yahoo will not move forward with Alibaba spinoff: Sources  —  Yahoo is announcing it will not move forward with plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba, reports CNBC's David Faber.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans March Apple Watch 2 event, 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ possible  —  Apple is currently planning a March 2016 event to unveil the second-generation Apple Watch, according to sources with knowledge of the plans.  The second version of the Apple Watch would then ship by April, nearly a year after the original model first went on sale.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
HTC delays Vive VR launch until April, plans to make 7K dev kits available in early 2016  —  HTC officially delays Vive virtual reality system launch to April 2016  —  Says “an additional 7,000” dev kits will ship to creators at the “start” of 2016.  —  Earlier this year …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Will Stop Developing And Selling Firefox OS Smartphones  —  Farewell Firefox OS smartphones.  Mozilla today announced an end to its smartphone experiment, and said that it would stop developing and selling Firefox OS smartphones.  It will continue to experiment on how it might work …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Mozilla launches Focus by Firefox, a content blocker for iOS 9 aimed at stopping trackers  —  Mozilla launches Focus by Firefox, a content blocker for iOS 9  —  Mozilla today launched an iOS content blocker called Focus by Firefox.  We say “content blocker” because, although Focus is capable …
Bloomberg Business:
CBS CEO Les Moonves says Apple puts live TV plans on hold; source says media firms want more money for their programming  —  Apple Said to Suspend Effort to Develop Live TV Service  —  Focus instead will be on App Store as platform for others  —  Media companies resist channel package at $30 to $40 a month
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony releases PlayStation Messages app for iOS and Android  —  Last night I found myself clumsily thumbing a PSN message to a friend explaining that I couldn't play Destiny right this second because I was on my way to get a haircut, silently cursing the terrible, overwrought …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google wants to bring Fiber to Chicago and Los Angeles, the two largest metro areas Google has publicly considered  —  Google wants to bring Fiber to Chicago and Los Angeles  —  Google today announced Google Fiber could be coming to two of the biggest cities in the U.S.: Chicago and Los Angeles.
Davey Alba / Wired:
In select regions, the US Postal Service will soon email you scans of envelopes you receive in the mail  —  The US Postal Service Will Soon Email You Scans of Your Mail  —  The US Postal Service is rolling out a new service that emails you scans of the mail you'll be getting in your mailbox each day.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Pixel C review: despite its great screen, battery life, and build quality, Android tablet software fails for a productivity device  —  Pixel C review—New hardware ignores an Android tablet's core problem: software  —  A “productivity” device that can only display a single app at a time?
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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify to test allowing some musicians to temporarily withhold music from ad-supported version of the service  —  Spotify to Allow Some Musicians to Withhold Music From Free Service  —  Last year Taylor Swift pulled her entire catalog from Spotify because the streaming service …
Rachel Pick / Motherboard:
Twitter Is Testing Timelines That Aren't in Chronological Order  —  Are you a loyal Twitter user?  Brace yourself, because your favorite social media platform might get turned on its head: Twitter is experimenting with a new way of sorting your timeline that breaks with the reverse-chronological format it has used since its inception.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple debuts $99 Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6/6S, extends talk time to 25 hours, LTE browsing to 18 hours, available to order online now  —  Apple debuts Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s, extends life up to 25 hours  —  In a surprise release on Tuesday, Apple debuted the Smart Battery Case …
Martim Lobao / Android Police:
Instagram rolls out 3D-Touch-like feature for Android, enlarges thumbnail images for preview with long press  —  Instagram Now Lets You “3D Touch” Photos On Android  —  The highlight feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is something called “3D Touch” — a way of interacting with the phone …
Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:
Microsoft patches 71 flaws, two for Office and Windows kernel vulnerabilities currently under attack, warns of leaked Xbox Live certificate  —  Microsoft Patches 71 Flaws, Two Under Attack; Warns of Leaked XBox Live Cert  —  Forgive your local Windows admin if they're a little shy on holiday cheer in the coming days.

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