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December 23, 2015, 3:00 PM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The Beatles will be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon's Prime Music, and others on December 24  —  Sources: Beatles hit Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, other streaming services on Dec. 24  —  You can spend Christmas streaming the Beatles.
Bryan Lufkin / Gizmodo:
Disney-funded VR service, Littlstar, announces it's bringing 360-degree videos to Apple TV  —  You Can Now Watch 360-Degree Video on Your TV  —  Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree videos.  Like magic, they let you peer around in any direction from within the video.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Judge dismisses case alleging Apple failed to deliver texts to customers who switched from iPhones to Android devices in violation of Federal Wiretap Act  —  Apple wins complete victory in class-action lawsuit that claimed iMessage was rigged to not deliver texts to Android phones
The Intercept:
Top-secret document from 2011 reveals that GCHQ, with cooperation of NSA, acquired the capability to exploit 13 models of Juniper firewalls  —  NSA Helped British Spies Find Security Holes In Juniper Firewalls  —  A top-secret document dated February 2011 reveals that British spy agency GCHQ …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
How employee stock took the biggest hit when Good Technology, once valued at $1.1B, passed on a $825M offer and later sold to BlackBerry for $425M  —  When a Unicorn Start-Up Stumbles, Its Employees Get Hurt  —  On Sept. 4, employees of Good Technology, a mobile security start-up in Sunnyvale …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter wants to patent a drone controlled by tweets  —  Twitter may be the latest tech giant interested in unmanned aerial vehicles — but not for delivery.  The company has applied for a patent, which became available last week, for a drone capable of taking photos and videos and transmitting them through users' Twitter accounts.
Pankaj Doval / The Economic Times:
Indian regulator asks Facebook's telecom partner Reliance Communications to temporarily suspend Free Basics service on net neutrality grounds  —  Put Facebook's Free Basics service on hold, TRAI tells Reliance Communications  —  Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
New Zealand judge orders Kim Dotcom's extradition to the US, lawyers say they will appeal to the High Court  —  Kim Dotcom to be finally extradited to the US, New Zealand judge rules  —  Megaupload founder promises new appeal in case that's dragged on for nearly 4 years.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
US judge says PhantomAlert's copyright claim in its lawsuit with Waze is unfounded, will allow the company to file amended complaint by mid-January  —  Judge, siding with Google, refuses to shut down Waze in wake of alleged theft  —  “This rule applies even when the ‘facts’ are inaccurate.”
Scott Thurm / Wall Street Journal:
Apple adopts proxy access, allowing a shareholder, or a group of up to 20 shareholders, holding 3% of shares for 3 years to nominate directors to the board  —  Apple Inc. Offers Proxy Access  —  Company bylaws amended Monday to ease shareholder nominations to the board
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google has been working on new messaging app for over a year that supports chatbots and uses AI to answer questions and perform other tasks  —  Google Plans New, Smarter Messaging App  —  Users will be able to text friends or a chatbot that will scour the Web and other sources to answer a question

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