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December 9, 2015, 10:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
One-fifth of Americans report going online ‘almost constantly’  —  As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, some 21% of Americans now report that they go online “almost constantly,” according to a Pew Research Center survey.  —  Overall, 73% of Americans go online on a daily basis.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
Official Google Blog:
Google's Pixel C Android tablet now available on the Google Store, starting at $499  —  Meet the Pixel C, our take on the tablet  —  This holiday season, there's no shortage of electronics to choose from.  When it comes to picking out what device to use, sometimes you want a laptop to hammer out a lengthy document.

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