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December 21, 2015, 7:00 PM

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Barb Darrow / Fortune:
Microsoft buys Talko, another startup founded by Ray Ozzie, will use its tech in Skype; Ozzie will not return to Microsoft  —  Microsoft Buys Another Ray Ozzie Company  —  Every decade or so Microsoft seems to feel the need to buy a Ray Ozzie company.  This time it's Talko …
Charlie Rose / CBS News:
Apple executives talk product development, encryption, taxation, labor, and more in wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview  —  What's next for Apple?  —  The technology giant's CEO, Tim Cook, addresses issues concerning his company — including encryption technology, corporate taxes, and manufacturing products in China
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Starts Rolling Out Support For Apple's Live Photos  —  It's been just under 3 months since Apple debuted “Live Photos” with the iPhone 6s and, slowly but surely, big third parties are finding ways to integrate them.  Tumblr picked them up just days ago... and now Live Photos …
Reuters:
Ericsson and Apple sign patent license agreement, settle litigation  —  Swedish mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson said it had signed a patent license deal with Apple Inc over technology that helps smartphones and tablets connect to mobile networks, sending its shares up much as 8 percent.
Steve Ragan / CSO:
Database of official Hello Kitty community with info on 3.3M accounts, unsalted SHA-1 password hashes, found online  —  Database leak exposes 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans  —  Database storing 3.3 million sanriotown.com accounts found online  —  A database for sanriotown.com …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Toshiba predicts $4.5bn loss, plans to fire 7,000 employees  —  The accounting scandal has left an indelible mark on the firm, leading to drastic restructuring efforts.  —  Toshiba's financial struggles have reached breaking point, leading to a restructuring effort which will see thousands lose …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Lyft plans to raise as much as $1B in new funds, Delaware state filing shows  —  Uber's Rival Lyft Plans to Raise Up to $1 Billion in New Funds  —  The ride-hailing startup could be valued at $4.5 billion  —  Lyft has been in talks to raise $500 million, documents show
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Gusto, formerly ZenPayroll, raises $50M ‘opportunistic round,’ boasts 25,000 customers  —  Gusto, the payroll and benefits service provider formerly known as ZenPayroll, has raised over $50 million in what its CEO calls an “opportunistic insider round.”  The company also disclosed …

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