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December 7, 2016, 11:15 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky to rejoin Y Combinator as partner; Fitbit 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 from struggling smartwatch startup …
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 …
Bloomberg:
SoftBank CEO meets with Trump, says firm will invest $50B, create 50K 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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple debuts single sign-on for iOS and tvOS with 9 partners including Dish, DirecTV, Sling TV, but is missing big names like Comcast, Charter, Verizon FiOS  —  But the list of companies supporting the feature at launch is pretty weak  —  The days of having to enter your cable account login details …
Worldpay:
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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.
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft researchers share predictions for 2017 and 2027  —  17 women from Microsoft's global research organization on what's likely to occur in their fields.
Worldpay:
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Zoho:
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eero:
Announcing Alexa Skills - manage your eero WiFi system with your voice  —  And as always: new eero updates are available to all eero owners.
Vimeo:
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