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December 9, 2015, 11:07 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 …
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.
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 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's Cortana assistant now available on iOS and Android  —  After months of testing and feedback, Microsoft is bringing its Cortana digital assistant to iOS and Android today.  It's the latest part of the company's Windows 10 push, combined with an increased focus on cross-platform services and apps.
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.
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.
Ben Brown / Official Google Blog:
Google offers three interchangeable shells to customize TP-LINK OnHub routers, for $29-$39  —  Make your home Internet look like your home with OnHub  —  Chances are, somewhere in your home, there's a tangled mess of wires and blinking lights that make your Wi-Fi work.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Airbnb dethrones Google in Glassdoor's top 50 places to work 2016, Google now 8th, behind Facebook, LinkedIn, Hubspot  —  Glassdoor: Airbnb dethrones Google as the best tech company to work for in the U.S.  —  Career website Glassdoor today released its eighth annual Employees' Choice Awards …
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 …
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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