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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Apple to instate country-specific app taxes in EU starting Jan. 1  —  In an email sent out to iTunes Connect members on Wednesday, Apple reminded developers of an upcoming value-added tax (VAT) rate policy change that will see customers pay fees based on their country of residence rather than other EU locales with lower taxes.

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Dave McNary / Variety: Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment has walked out on “The Interview,” deciding against releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in any form — including VOD or DVD.  —  “Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday.

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Bloomberg: Costolo's Family Trusts Sell Remaining Twitter Stock  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo's family trusts have sold off the last shares of the company he leads.  —  The Richard Costolo 2001 Living Trust and Lorin Costolo 2001 Living Trust, named for his wife …

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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code: Apple's Holiday Product Red Campaign Raises $20 Million for AIDS Research  —  Apple raised in excess of $20 million in a holiday campaign for Product Red, which funds an organization dedicated to fighting AIDS in Africa.  —  The technology giant partnered with software developers who sold apps …

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iFixit: Amazon Echo teardown: TI DM3725 processor, single-core ARM Cortex A8 chip, 256MB of LPDDR1 RAM, 4GB storage, 2.5" woofer, 2.0" tweeter, 7-microphone array  —  Amazon Echo Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In Europe And Asia, U.S. Launch Coming Later  —  The one puzzle piece I needed to complete my Ultimate Home Theater setup has finally arrived: Plex is available for PlayStation 4 and PS3 in the U.K, Europe and Asia, with an app live in the PlayStation Store.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google: Google Drive adds support for importing OpenOffice (ODF) file formats  —  Google announced today that it's now officially supporting ODF files in Google Drive allowing users to import all three major ODF file formats.  That includes .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets …

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Kim Zetter / Wired: The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy  —  A poster for the movie “The Interview” is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.  Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel …

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Sara Castellanos / Boston Business Journal: Rapid7 gets $30M to invest in new cybersecurity initiatives and expand global reach  —  Rapid7, a Boston-based cybersecurity firm, announced Wednesday it has secured $30 million in new equity funding for expansion.  —  The new investment brings total funding to date for the company …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye  —  After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: ICANN e-mail accounts, zone database breached in spearphishing attack  —  Unknown attackers used a spearphishing campaign to compromise sensitive systems operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a coup that allowed them to take control of employee e-mail accounts …

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New York Times: U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking  —  WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures's computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy …

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Hollywood Reporter: CNN: U.S. to Name North Korea as Source of Sony Hack  —  The U.S. government is set to name North Korea as the source of the damaging cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to CNN Justice reporter Evan Perez.  —  Anchor Wolf Blitzer announced the news break during a broadcast of The Situation Room.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook's Rooms app gets ‘Explore’ button, making it easier to discover communities  —  Facebook's Interest-Based Social App Rooms Is Now Easier To Use  —  Facebook's “Rooms” application, like many of the experiments put out by Facebook's Creative Labs - which is also responsible …

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Business Insider: Sony Just Cancelled The December 25 Release Of ‘The Interview’  —  Sony Pictures has decided to cancel the December 25 release of ‘The Interview’ after major theaters said they wouldn't screen the movie.  “We Have Decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release of 'The Interview …

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Jack Clark / Bloomberg: Oracle Profit, Sales Top Estimates Amid Shift to Cloud  —  Oracle Corp. (ORCL)'s profit and sales surpassed analysts' estimates in its fiscal second quarter as the company moves toward delivering more software and computing power via the Web.  —  Profit before certain costs was 69 cents …

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Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter: Sony hackers achieve key aim as three largest theater chains in US cancel screenings of The Interview  —  Source: Top Five Theater Circuits Drop ‘The Interview’ After Sony Hack  — The country's largest chains won't be showing the movie  —  The country's top five theater circuits …

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Owen Williams / The Next Web: Facebook is testing an official way to sell goods in Groups  —  A new feature that's appeared for some Facebook users allows them to sell goods using a new “Sell Something” option when posting to a group.  —  The new selling option appears alongside the normal “Write Post” …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Uber will use biometric scans to improve background checks on drivers  —  A pledge to improve safety after an alleged rape in India  —  In the wake of high-profile incidents in which passengers were allegedly assaulted by their drivers, Uber said today it would improve background checks using methods including biometric scans.

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Tile's tiny Bluetooth stuff-tracker now works with Android  —  Tile's promise to track your stuff with small Bluetooth squares last year made it one of the biggest crowd-funded successes ever, raising nearly $2.7 million worth of orders in just a month.  What's taken the company a lot longer …

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Alex Hern / Guardian: Reddit bans SonyGOP subreddit and users for sharing leaked Sony documents, deletes posts after receiving DMCA takedown request  —  Reddit bans users for sharing hacked Sony documents  —  The social news site has acceded to a DMCA takedown request from Sony and removed a hub for sharing the company's hacked files

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January Machold / Purch: Purch, owner of Tom's Guide and Laptop Magazine, acquires AnandTech months after founder Anand Shimpi leaves for Apple  —  Purch Acquires AnandTech, Dominates Tech Expert and Enthusiast Market  —  Leading content and commerce company adds respected mobile, computing, and IT reviews site to its brand portfolio

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: Netflix's streaming app now available on Dish's Hopper DVR in first big pay-TV partnership  —  Netflix now on Dish's Hopper in first big pay-TV partnership  —  Subscribers to Dish's satellite TV service can now access Netflix right on their set-top box, the companies announced on Wednesday.

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: 21st Century Fox to Acquire Ad Tech Firm TrueX for $200 Million  —  21st Century Fox Inc. has agreed to acquire the online advertising technology company TrueX Media, people familiar with the matter said.  —  21st Century Fox is paying a sum approaching $200 million for TrueX, said a person familiar with the deal.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft's Xim app now shares photos to Apple TV, Chomecast, and Xbox One  —  Microsoft's Xim photo sharing app debuted in October from the company's research labs, and today it's getting a big update.  Available across Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, the latest version of Xim lets …

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