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Liz Gannes / Re/code: Freelance Marketplace Elance-oDesk Raises $30 Million, Says IPO Is Next  —  Elance-oDesk has raised $30 million in funding, led by existing investor Benchmark along with T. Rowe Price, FirstMark, Sigma West, NEA and the Stripes Group.  —  Formerly long-time competitors …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App  —  With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world's largest social network by some margin, but when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point.

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Danny Hakim / New York Times: European MP urging breakup of Google counsels law firm that represented German Magazine Publishers association, earns $15-75K annually from it  —  European Legislator Urging the Breakup of Google Has Ties to a Law Firm  —  Andreas Schwab, a German member of the European Parliament …

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: Samsung Electronics to buy back $2 billion in shares  —  (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) on Wednesday announced a $2 billion share buyback plan, its first since 2007, following investor calls for higher returns against a backdrop of rapidly declining profits.

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Richard Nieva / CNET: US expresses ‘concern’ over EU proposal to break up Google  —  The United States Mission to the European Union says antitrust issues should not be “politicized.”  —  The United States doesn't seem to like the European Parliament's proposed breakup of Google.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: In Another Fire Sale, Amazon Cuts Phone Price to $199 Unlocked, Still With a Free Year of Prime  —  It's no secret that Amazon has a lot of unsold Fire Phones, but the question has been how the retailer would look to sell its inventory.  —  Screenshot by Re/code

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Julia Love / Mercury News: Union pushes for better conditions for security guards on Apple campus  —  As organized labor expands its efforts in Silicon Valley, a local union and civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson are pushing for better working conditions for the security guards who work at Apple's campus.

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Bloomberg: Sony is developing an e-paper smart watch, entire face and band will function as a display  —  Sony Said to Plan E-Paper Watch in Test of Innovation  —  Sony Corp. (6758) is developing a watch made out of electronic paper for release as soon as next year in a trial of the company's …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Hollywood Comes Back To Silicon Valley With A New SyFy Reality TV Show  —  Hollywood just can't get enough of geeks coding in hoodies.  Following the successful first season of Mike Judge's HBO brilliant farce Silicon Valley, NBC Universal techie network SyFy will try to show what being inside the tech bubble is really like.

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Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal: Tencent to Distribute HBO Dramas, Movies Online in China  —  Each Program Will Require Chinese Government Approval Before Being Offered on Tencent Video  —  HONG KONG— Time Warner Inc. 's HBO signed a deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd. to distribute its TV dramas and movies through …

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Betaworks' latest experiment-turned-product is #Homescreen, a simple app that lets users share their iPhone home screens  —  Homescreen Is Betaworks' Latest Experiment-Turned-Product  —  When someone picks up their phone to take a peek, I can't help but take a peek, too.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Vine now lets you favorite accounts and get push notifications when they post new videos  —  Twitter today updated its Vine app with the ability to favorite accounts.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store and Google Play.  —  Favoriting other Vine users …

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: Twitter declines to release full-archive search API to devs, wounds third-party clients again  —  New Twitter search API won't be available to third-party clients  —  This is just the next step in killing third-party apps.  Twitter doesn't have the guts to just end them outright …

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Department of Justice: StealthGenie CEO ordered to pay $500K fine for selling spyware app, surrender source code to government  —  Man Pleads Guilty for Selling “StealthGenie” Spyware App and Ordered to Pay $500,000 Fine  —  A Danish citizen today pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered …

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Serena Saitto / Bloomberg: Uber Said Close to Raising Funding at Up to $40B Value  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is close to raising a round of financing that would value the mobile car-booking company at $35 billion to $40 billion, according to people with knowledge of the situation.  —  T. Rowe Price Group Inc …

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Facebook AI Research: Facebook's AI group hires Vladimir Vapnik, who pioneered statistical learning theory and co-invented the Support Vector Machine method  —  We are delighted to announce that Vladimir Vapnik has joined Facebook AI Research.  —  Vladimir is universally known in the machine learning …

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TechCrunch: Going Out App YPlan Raises $24M As It Lays Off Staff, Plans Pivot Into Long-Tail Events  —  YPlan — the app that gives people with no plans a curated selection of things to do and the ability to buy tickets to do them — has some big plans of its own.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed …

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Kristin Cwalinski / CNBC: Twitter has talked to Bieber-backed Shots: Source  —  Twitter has talked about an acquisition of Shots, the selfie app backed by singer Justin Bieber, a source close to Shots told CNBC on Tuesday.  —  Twitter's acquisition plans became the subject of hot speculation on Monday …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Netflix Sues a Former Exec — Now Yahoo's CIO — For Allegedly Collecting Kickbacks  —  Netflix says a former executive collected kickbacks from vendors he helped connect to the streaming video company.  —  Now Netflix is suing its former employee, who is currently Yahoo's chief information officer.

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Bill Rigby / Reuters: Microsoft to pay China $140 million for ‘tax evasion’  —  (Reuters) - China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there.

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Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web: Facebook schedules second public Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg for Dec. 11 at 2pm PT  —  Facebook has scheduled another public Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg  —  Earlier this month Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a public Q&A. Attendees and those online could submit questions and the CEO …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google Chrome will block all NPAPI plugins by default in January, drop support completely in September  —  Google today provided an update on its plan to remove Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) from Chrome, which the company says will improve the browser's security …

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: HP Reports Earnings: A Miss On Revenue  —  HP just reported its fourth quarter earnings: inline with profits and a miss on revenue.  —  HP reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.06, right in line with expectations and revenue of $28.40 billion, that's a miss.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Dropbox's integration with Microsoft's Office apps is now live for iOS and Android devices  —  It was only earlier this month that Dropbox announced a deal with Microsoft to allow document editing capabilities from directly inside Dropbox, and today it's actually rolling out for mobile users.

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Andrew Webster / The Verge: Sony settles with FTC over misleading PlayStation Vita ads, to compensate customers who bought device before June 1, 2012  —  Sony to give customers refunds following misleading PS Vita ads  —  Sony has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission after being charged …

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