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December 9, 2017, 4:15 AM

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TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple to acquire music recognition app Shazam; one source puts the deal at about $400M; Shazam's post-money valuation after its 2015 funding was $1.02B  —  As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015  —  Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties …
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Frank Chaparro / Business Insider:
Coinbase CEO says exchange services may be “degraded or unavailable” during high volume or volatile trading sessions, after recent downtime incidents  —  - Coinbase, the cryptocurrency trading platform, experienced an outage on Thursday as bitcoin soared by $3,000 in under three hours on its platform.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Uber has settled the lawsuit with a woman whose medical files the company accessed after she was raped by Uber driver in India  —  The woman, who was raped by her Uber driver in India, sued the company for intrusion of privacy and defamation.  —  Uber has settled a lawsuit with a woman who was raped by her Uber driver in India.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC formally refuses to hand over any data or logs in New York attorney general's inquiry into fake net neutrality comments  —  WASHINGTON — The FCC is declining New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request to turn over records related to the agency's net neutrality proceeding, citing concerns over privacy and security.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Andy Rubin has returned to Essential after taking leave amid questions about an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate when he was at Google  —  He's back at Essential, his smartphone startup.  —  Andy Rubin, the founder of smartphone startup Essential, has already returned …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says its employees and its philanthropic arm Google.org donated $260M to nonprofits in 2017  —  In light of hurricanes, attacks, and other disasters this year, Google has provided aid through donations and employee matching initiatives.  In 2017, employees and the Google.org philanthropic arm gave $260 million to nonprofits.

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