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December 8, 2015, 7:30 PM

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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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?
Official Google Blog:
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.
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 …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Amazon Brings Showtime, Starz and Other Video Services to Prime As Add-Ons  —  Amazon's Prime members just got a new perk: Showtime and Starz, unbundled and cheap.  The internet company launched a new initiative called “Streaming Partners Program” Tuesday that allows Prime members …
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 …
Fortune:
Online lender Prosper confirms it lent the San Bernardino shooter $28,500  —  Online Lender Says It Gave Money to San Bernardino Shooter  —  Online lender Prosper Marketplace on Tuesday confirmed that it facilitated a $28,500 loan to Syed Farook, just weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen …
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