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December 11, 2015, 10:25 AM

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David Ruddock / Android Police:
Google Wallet Will Now Let You Send Money To Anyone With A Phone Number Via SMS (US Only)  —  In an upcoming update to the Google Wallet app for Android, Google will let you send money to anyone in your contacts list with a valid phone number.  The new feature was announced on Google's Commerce Blog …
Windows Blog:
Microsoft updates Band with music controls, activity reminders, and improved exercise tracking  —  Stay on top of it all during the holidays and have fun too, with the new Microsoft Band  —  Today, we are excited to announce several new features exclusively for the new Microsoft Band …
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
EA launching esports division, will be led by Peter Moore  —  Start practicing your no-scope headshots and your touchdown dances.  Electronic Arts is pushing into esports with a new branch of the company: the EA Competitive Gaming Division, CEO Andrew Wilson announced today.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
T-Mobile Giving Verizon Users Free Year of Hulu to Switch  —  T-Mobile continues to dole out Christmas promotions, and this time is taking direct aim at Verizon Wireless.  The company today announced that it's giving customers that switch from Verizon Wireless to T-Mobile a free year of Hulu.
Harry Davies / Guardian:
Ted Cruz using UK behavioral targeting firm Cambridge Analytica, which harvests psychological profiles of millions of unwitting US Facebook users  —  Ted Cruz using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users  —  Exclusive: Documents reveal donor-funded US startup embedded …
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Kevin Rawlinson / BBC:
Kickstarter hires reporter to probe mini-drone Zano project that failed after raising $3.4M from 12K backers  —  Kickstarter hires journalist over Zano take-off failure  —  The crowdfunding site Kickstarter has hired a journalist to investigate the demise of a mini-drone project that failed, despite record funding.
Bloomberg Business:
Atlassian closes at $27.78 per share, up 32% from its IPO price, valuing the company at $5.8B  —  Atlassian Gains in Stock Debut, Sets High Bar for Tech IPOs  —  Shares gain 32% from $21 IPO price in first day of trading  —  Company makes collaborative technology used by Twitter, NASA
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google launches 2nd generation of its Cloud SQL service, with up to 10TB per instance  —  Google is today announcing the beta availability of the second generation of the Google Cloud SQL service, a hosted version of the MySQL database.  The second generation offers greater performance …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Tumblr for iOS now supports sharing Live Photos & 3D Touch  —  Apple has allowed developers to support sharing Live Photos in their own apps since iOS 9.1, and Tumblr appears to be the first major social network to take advantage of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus feature Tumblr 5. for iOS …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Yahoo's new Video Guide app offers universal search across streaming services  —  Yahoo today released a new “Yahoo Video Guide” app for mobile devices that acts as one central location for users to find content from across a long list of competitive video services and networks.

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