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Yuji Nakamura / Bloomberg: Sony unveils Project Field, a thin and flat mobile gaming controller that detects physical objects like cards and figurines, and announces 11 new mobile titles  —  New studio announces 11 games which will be released on phones  —  Project Field to interact with cards, figures to control games

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Sprint partners with Pokémon Go maker Niantic to add PokeStops and Gyms to 10.5K+ Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint-RadioShack stores  —  Niantic says it will begin releasing new digital monsters on December 12, while Sprint stores will become PokeStops and Gyms.

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Ryan Mac / Forbes: Source: Zenefits CFO Mark Woolway and the managing director of Thiel Capital Kevin Harrington are expected to be named to Donald Trump's transition team  —  President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name two more individuals from Silicon Valley-both of whom are close to billionaire investor Peter Thiel …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: T-Mobile debuts Digits in limited beta, letting users make/take calls with same phone number on all their devices, debuts to public next year with pricing TBA  —  And multiple numbers on the same device — but no iMessage  —  T-Mobile just revealed its answer to AT&T's NumberSync technology …

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider: Google removes its “In the news” section from desktop search, replacing it with a carousel of “Top stories”, after drawing criticism for spreading fake news  —  In the wake of criticism over fake news on its platform, Google is removing its “In the news” …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google and Slack partner to launch new Google Drive integrations, including previews of Docs files, updated permissioning, more  —  Slack announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud this morning, which will bring a number of new features, including deeper integrations with Google services …

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Shirley Halperin / Billboard: Apple says Music now has 20M+ paying subscribers, up 15% from 17M in September  —  Eddy Cue and Zane Lowe on exclusives and why their service rules hip-hop.  —  Apple has released the latest numbers for the music subscription service Apple Music.  In the 18 months since the service was launched …

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BTC Geek: Circle ends support for buying and selling bitcoin, referring customers to onetime competitor Coinbase, and indicates focus on blockchain technology  —  In a major blow to the way Bitcoin enthusiasts can buy Bitcoin, Circle, one of the best funded venture capital firms in the space has decided …

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Steve Grove / Google News Lab: The director of Google's News Lab, Steve Grove, reviews the lab's 2016 projects, including efforts to build trust and combat fake news  —  It's been quite a year for the news industry.  The events of the last year have brought many of the opportunities and challenges that news organizations face every …

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Jethro Mullen / CNNMoney: Foxconn confirms discussions with US officials about investment to expand US operations, says details will be announced when talks conclude  —  One of Apple's biggest suppliers is in talks to invest in the United States.  —  Taiwan-based Foxconn is a giant contract manufacturer that plays …

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: Fitbit confirms Pebble software assets acquisition; Pebble is shutting down, cancels Pebble Time 2 and Core, and will issue Kickstarter refunds  —  Wearables are in a precarious state  —  Digital health and fitness-tracking company Fitbit has just officially announced that it is buying key assets …

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Eddie Makuch / GameSpot: Sony says it has sold 50M PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of December 6, including PS4 Pro  —  The PS4 continues to soar.  —  Sony announced today that it's sold 50 million PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide as of December 6.  That figure pertains to units sold through to consumers and also covers the PS4 Pro.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Kantar: iPhone market share up 7 percentage points to 40.5% in US, likely due to Samsung Galaxy Note7 troubles  —  Missing headphone jack is apparently a ‘non-issue’ for Americans  —  The US smartphone market is dominated by two big brands, Apple and Samsung, and when one of them flubs its lines …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Huawei reportedly acquires Israeli IT networking company Toga Networks for $150 million  —  Chinese technology giant Huawei has reportedly snapped up Toga Networks, an Israel-based company that provides “advanced technology research and high level design for the IT and Telecom markets,” in a deal worth more than $100 million.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Chrome 55 for Android allows you to download music, video, and web pages for offline viewing on mobile devices; rolling out now  —  Chrome 55 for Mac, Windows, and Linux was a major update that has the browser default to HTML5 in a bid to further kill Flash usage.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update enterprise features: better IT tools, security, more  —  Microsoft plans to add more security and manageability features to Windows 10 Creators Update before its debut in Spring 2017.  Here's what's coming.  —  Microsoft's coming Windows 10 …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Cloud integration firm SnapLogic raises $40M round led by European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners  —  SnapLogic solves a big problem for companies.  It helps them connect legacy data sources to the cloud or to an in-house data lake.  Today, it announced a $40 million round …

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Kyle Chayka / The Verge: Google AMP, Facebook's Instant Articles, and Apple News make articles from fake news sites look the same as those from Bloomberg and The New York Times  —  If you asked Google who won the popular vote just after the election, there's a chance you would have been sent to a conspiracy blog with bogus results.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Glassdoor: Facebook dethrones Airbnb as the best tech company to work for in the U.S.  —  Career website Glassdoor today released its ninth annual Employees' Choice Awards, a list of the 50 best companies to work for in the coming year.  Facebook was crowned as the number one tech company to work for in 2017, displacing Airbnb.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky to rejoin Y Combinator as partner; Fitbit close to buying Pebble software assets, has sent job offers to 40% of Pebble staff  —  Pebble CEO Migicovsky said planning to join Y Combinator  —  Fitbit Inc., the fitness band maker, is close to buying software assets …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Jack Dorsey announces Square's virtual payment cards now work with Apple Pay  —  Square Cash is expanding again.  —  Back in September, Square rolled out virtual payment cards: Digital debit cards that pull directly from a user's Square Cash account.  —  Now those payment cards work with Apple Pay.

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Ashley Carman / The Verge: Dropbox Pro and Business users can now save entire folders for offline viewing  —  While Dropbox has let users save individual files for offline viewing for years, the company is now building in the ability to save entire folders.  The company announced today that Dropbox Pro and Business users …

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Greg Avery / Denver Business Journal: Cybersecurity company Optiv cancels IPO plans after selling majority stake to private equity firm KKR  —  The IPO of Denver-based cybersecurity company Optiv Security Inc. has been canceled and it will stay privately held after private equity firm KKR became the majority owner of the business.

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Bloomberg: SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says firm will invest $50B, create 50K new jobs in US; source says money to come from SoftBank's previously announced $100B tech fund  —  President-elect says investment will create 50,000 jobs  —  Son was thwarted in attempts to merge Sprint with T-Mobile

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget: Pandora unveils its on-demand, personalized music streaming service Premium, with launch expected in Q1 2017  —  That Pandora was planning to launch a full fledged Spotify competitor was no secret.  The company said as much last year when it bought the ashes of Rdio, which had filed for bankruptcy.

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