Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:

Expect Labs Raises $13 Million for ‘Anticipatory’ Computing … Expect Labs Inc. is poised to expand its speech recognition technology that predicts what you will say-and what you intend to search for-before you say it.  —  The idea driving the San Francisco-based startup is to provide …


Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:

EyeEm Launches Open Edits, Letting You See How Pros Edit Their Photos  —  Photosharing startup EyeEm has launched version 5.0 of their mobile app on iOS and Android, bringing a slew of changes to their editing system that make it easier to get your photos looking like the shots curated from professionals.


Katie Benner / Bloomberg View:

Jawbone delays UP3 fitness band release until after holidays, offers discounts to preorderers  —  Jawbone’s Missing Christmas  —  If you wonder how long the market can support richly valued startups, and what sorts of corporate stress might test investor enthusiasm, look no further than Jawbone …


Michael Mimoso / Threatpost:

Palo Alto Networks finds factory-installed backdoor on Android devices from China’s Coolpad  —  Manufacturer’s Backdoor Found on Popular Chinese Android Smartphone  —  A popular Android smartphone sold primarily in China and Taiwan but also available worldwide, contains a backdoor …


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.


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 …

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 …


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.


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 …


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” …