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December 15, 2015, 10:15 AM

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple has a new unit in Taiwan working on display technologies, staffed by former AU Optronics and Qualcomm display engineers  —  Apple Opens Secret Laboratory in Taiwan To Develop New Screens  —  Engineers developing LCD, OLED technologies for devices
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
MacKeeper Leaks 13 Million Mac Owners' Data, Leaves Passwords Open To Easy Cracking  —  Anti-virus provider MacKeeper is known for pushing the message Apple Mac owners need protection.  It needed some extra protection of its own today, after a white hat hacker discovered …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix re-encoding its entire catalog to improve quality, save users up to 20% of data  —  Inside Netflix's Plan to Boost Streaming Quality and Unclog the Internet (Exclusive)  —  The company is on a quest to re-encode its entire catalog  —  Over the past few months …
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Apple buys 70K-square-foot former chip fab building in North San Jose for $18.2M, likely for R&D instead of production, given the capabilities of the facility  —  Exclusive: Apple buys former chip fab in North San Jose  —  Apple Inc. has snapped up a former chip fab in North San Jose …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Saks Fifth Avenue owner Hudson's Bay nears deal to buy Gilt Groupe for about $250M  —  Hudson's Bay Near Deal to Buy Online Retailer Gilt Groupe for $250 Million  —  Saks Fifth Avenue owner would pair online luxury retailer with Off 5th Business  —  The Hudson's Bay Co. …
New York Times:
Seattle Will Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Form Unions  —  SEATTLE — Seattle's city council voted unanimously to approve a bill allowing drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing apps to form unions.  —  The passage of the ordinance, the first legislation of its kind in the country …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts rolling out a preview of Office 365 Planner, a new lightweight project-management tool  —  Microsoft starts rolling out Office 365 Planner preview  —  Microsoft has started rolling out its lightweight project-management tool, Office 365 Planner, to participants in the First Release testing program.
Ry Crist / CNET:
Latest Hue Bridge software update ends support for unapproved third party bulbs using ZigBee wireless protocol  —  Philips Hue cuts support for third-party bulbs  —  Citing “an increasing number of interoperability issues,” Philips is changing its policies and locking out third-party smart bulbs until …
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Google's Inbox now allows you to share trip bundles, add emails to a trip bundle, view trip info offline, attach multiple photos easier  —  Google updates Trip Bundles for road warriors using Inbox  —  After holding off on switching to Google's Inbox app, the updated Trip Bundles feature …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Samsung Asks Supreme Court to Take Up Its Apple Patent Case  —  Samsung is taking its battle with Apple to the Supreme Court.  —  Although it has already written Apple a $548 million check, the Korean electronics giant insists that not only was the verdict in the patent case incorrect …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DHS is working on a plan to scrutinize social media posts during visa application reviews  —  U.S. Working on Plan to Scrutinize Social Media in Visa Reviews  —  Move is part of new focus following San Bernardino shootings  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Sources: Dell is looking to sell Perot Systems for more than $5B to raise cash for EMC deal  —  Dell Looks to Sell Perot Systems for More Than $5 Billion to Raise Cash for EMC Deal  —  Dell is looking to sell Perot Systems, a key piece of its technology outsourcing business, for more than $5 billion, sources tell Re/code.
 

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