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December 15, 2015, 5:40 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Android Pay now works in mobile apps, with discounts in select apps including OpenTable, Lyft, and DoorDash to encourage use  —  Android Pay Now Works In Mobile Apps  —  Following its launch this fall, Google's Apple Pay rival known as Android Pay is taking another notable step this morning …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Pebble rolls out free health-tracking system, Pebble Health, to new Pebble models except Classic and Classic Steel, adding native step counting, sleep tracking  —  The Pebble smartwatch finally does real fitness tracking  —  Pebble may have started out as a smartwatch for early adopters …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes On Angie's List And Yelp With New Site For Finding Top-Rated Local Businesses  —  Facebook is quietly testing a new feature that will direct users to the best-rated and reviewed local service providers in their area.  At the easy-to-access URL Facebook.com/services …
Oliver Ellrodt / Reuters:
Facebook, Google, Twitter agree to delete hate speech in 24 hours: Germany  —  Germany said on Tuesday that Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to delete hate speech from their websites within 24 hours, a new step in the fight against rising online racism following the refugee crisis.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple has a new unit in Taiwan working on display technologies that is 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
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix is re-encoding its entire catalog to improve quality and save users up to 20% of data, starts using different encoding algorithms for different titles  —  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
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 …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Project Fi now supports tablets and Internet-only devices, won't charge monthly device fee, lets you add up to nine data-only devices to your plan  —  Project Fi Now Supports Tablets And Internet-Only Devices, Won't Charge A Bogus Per-Month “Device Fee”  —  A Project Fi support page for tablets and …
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
University of California launches $250M venture fund to invest in startups from the UC system  —  University of California Launches $250 Million Venture Fund  —  The University of California announced a $250 million venture fund to invest in startups “emerging from the University of California system.”
 

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