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December 6, 2016, 1:45 PM

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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court throws out $399M penalty judgment against Samsung in patent dispute with Apple over iPhone design, sends the case back to the lower court  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling …
Urs Hölzle / The Keyword:
Google says it will run its global operations entirely on renewable energy in 2017, claims it is the world's largest corporate buyer of renewable power  —  Every year people search on Google trillions of times; every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos.
Julia Love / Reuters:
Tim Cook says Apple Watch set a new sales record during first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product  —  Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Instagram will soon let you turn off comments and boot followers from private accounts  —  New tools designed to curb abuse will be available in the ‘coming weeks’  —  With images as its main form of social currency, Instagram's problems with abuse have never been quite as visible as those of other social networks.
Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn approved by EU, to close in the coming days as it has now received all the regulatory approvals needed  —  It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory spread online via 4chan, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, and other websites, culminating in arrest of gunman in Washington D.C.  —  The unhinged conspiracy theory now known as “Pizzagate” has resulted in a man bringing an assault rifle to the DC bar named …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Priya Anand / BuzzFeed:
After Uber updated to track user locations five minutes after rides end, EFF asks for a rollback  —  After Uber introduced a controversial app update that tracks users' locations even when they're not using the app, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading privacy group, has asked the company roll it back.
Facebook:
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube will create a database to share hashes of terrorist images and recruitment videos removed from their services  —  Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online.

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