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State of the Art: Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear
Despite growing fears of its invincibility, Amazon could be threatened as smartphones transform the way Americans shop and goods are delivered.

Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony
President Obama said the U.S. would “respond proportionally” to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.

Business Briefing: Staples Says Breach Affected About 1.2. Million Cards
Criminals used malware that may have allowed access to cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.
T-Mobile to Pay $90 Million to Settle Claims of Wrongful Phone Charges
The company is the third major mobile phone carrier, after AT&T and Sprint, to settle with regulators over the practice, known as cramming.
Sued by Google, a State Attorney General Retreats
The search giant accused the official, Jim Hood, of violating federal law in his efforts to get it to remove links to some content.

Staples Says Security Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Cards
Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October.
App City: An App, Memoir, Guesses Your Fondest Memories
Memoir, a time-capsule app that resurfaces photos, Instagram snaps, Facebook posts and more, creates a collage from what it thinks might be your most cherished moments and lets you share them.
BlackBerry Narrows Loss, But Its Revenue Declines
The company reported a drop in third-quarter revenue to $793 million, despite the introduction of a heavily publicized phone.

Bits Blog: Rent the Runway, a Designer Fashion Start-Up, Raises $60 Million
Investors are bullish on the company’s prospects, particularly its new subscription-based, Netflix-like business model.

Bits Blog: Uber Driver in Boston Area Is Charged With Rape
The man is accused of picking up a young woman in Boston on Dec. 6 while presenting himself as the driver for a ride-sharing service.

Bits Blog: The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable Internet’
The hack at Sony underscores the need for more secure online communication systems. That is, if people are willing to use them.

Bits Blog: Intel Betting on (Customized) Commodity Chips for Cloud Computing
Next year, half of the chips Intel sells to cloud businesses will be custom. The company is used to selling tens of millions of the same thing, but outfits like Google and Facebook need special features, and pay for them.
Bits Blog: Millions of Fake Instagram Users Disappear in Purge
The photo and video sharing service is deleting fake and spam accounts, resulting in sharp drops in the number of followers listed for top celebrities and brands.
Bits Blog: Uber Suspends Portland Operations in Deal With City Regulators
Uber agreed to a three-month hiatus while lawmakers create a regulatory framework under which the company can operate.
Psst! It’s Me, the Mannequin. This Would Look Great on You.
Retailers are experimenting with mannequins that communicate electronically with customers’ smartphones, hoping to lure them into the store.

U.S. Weighs Response to Sony Cyberattack, With North Korea Confrontation Possible
White House officials said the hacking episode had become a major concern at the upper levels of government, including President Obama.

DealBook: New York Regulator Outlines Changes to Bitcoin Rules
In a speech on Thursday, Benjamin M. Lawsky, New York State’s top financial regulator, provided the most detail yet on revisions to his proposed Bitcoin rules.
The Rise of a New Smartphone Giant: China’s Xiaomi
Founded in 2010 to sell cheap phones online, the company has become the No. 3 producer worldwide behind Apple and Samsung and is looking toward Brazil and India.

Bits Blog: Uber Pledges to Strengthen Background Checks for Drivers
The popular ride-hailing start-up said it would add more tools and safety programs to improve the company’s screening of its drivers.

DealBook: FireChat Messaging App Seeks to Build on Success at Hong Kong Protests
FireChat, which allows users to text each other regardless of whether they have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection, disclosed that it has raised more than $10 million and is seeking more.

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