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December 9, 2015, 8:40 PM

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Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Yahoo scraps Alibaba spinoff plan, will spin off core assets including stake in Yahoo Japan; Max Levchin resigns from board  —  Yahoo to Spin Off Its Core Businesses  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo said on Wednesday that it had dropped a plan to spin off its $31 billion stake in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Google publishes results for its D-Wave 2X quantum computer, says tests show it performs 100M times faster than conventional computing for some problems  —  Google's quantum computer can blitz a normal PC - but it's not ready for production just yet  —  Google's latest tests show there's light …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Negotiations between Apple and TV programmers stalled over Apple TV because of disagreements on the mix of channels to be included in bundles  —  Why Apple Walked Away From TV (For Now)  —  Yes, Apple has walked away from the negotiating table with the TV guys, which means you won't be getting …
Bloomberg Business:
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
Senator Dianne Feinstein to seek legislation to “pierce” through encryption with warrant, working with Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Burr, others  —  Top Democratic senator will seek legislation to ‘pierce’ through encryption  —  A leading Democratic senator …
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
The “Satoshi” PGP keys reported to be linked to Craig Wright were likely backdated, pointing to a hoax  —  Satoshi's PGP Keys Are Probably Backdated and Point to a Hoax  —  On Tuesday, both Wired and Gizmodo dropped a big bombshell: According to “leaked” (Wired) or “hacked” …
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Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Only three of YouTube's top 10 videos of 2015 were made by ordinary YouTubers  —  The year has changed, and the exact videos have changed, but one aspect of YouTube's annual top-10 remains pretty predictable: The real powerhouses on the site that claims to have democratized Internet video …
Brian Solomon / Forbes:
Augmented reality startup Magic Leap raising $827M Series C at a post-money valuation of $3.7B  —  Secretive Augmented Reality Startup Magic Leap Raising $827 Million  —  Magic Leap wants to change your reality.  And apparently they need a lot of money to do it.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Play Music adds family plan allowing six family members to stream simultaneously for $15 per month, extends to YouTube Red  —  Google Play Music launches $14.99 family plan for up to six people  —  Google's finally rolling out the six-person, $14.99 family plan for Google Play Music that it first teased over two months ago.
Betsy Cameron / Facebook:
Facebook's most talked-about global topics in 2015 include US Presidential Election, Paris attacks, refugee crisis, nepal earthquake, Greek debt crisis  —  2015 Year in Review  —  As 2015 comes to a close, we remember what was on our minds this year and the difference we made by coming together.
Richard Gingras / Accelerated Mobile Pages Project:
Google to start sending search traffic to AMP pages as early as February, announces new partners including LINE, Viber, and Tango  —  Continued Momentum For The AMP Project  —  The AMP effort is building both momentum and speed.  There has been significant progress not only since …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Atlassian prices its IPO at $21 per share, above its proposed range of $19-$20 per share, valuing the company at $4.4B  —  And the Price of the Last Big Tech IPO of 2015 Is...  Atlassian, maker of cloud-based workplace collaboration software, on Wednesday evening priced its initial public offering at $21 per share.

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