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Apple's holiday ad is a real tearjerker — With just a week or so worth of shopping days left this holiday season, Apple has dropped a tearjerker of an ad designed to get you to fork over some of your remaining cash. The 90-second spot (triple the length of a standard TV ad), tells the story of a girl who finds a vinyl record that her grandmother gave to her in 1952.

Report: CollegeHumor is up for sale — CollegeHumor may be ready to move out of IAC and make some real money, according to a report. reports that IAC, which bought the humor site for a reported $20 million back in 2006, is shopping it around for around $100 million. CollegeHumor representatives could not be reached for comment.

Foursquare will finally release an iPad app — This sounds like a headline from 2010, but Foursquare announced Friday that it would soon be releasing an iPad app. Four years ago, there was speculation that the company would colonize the iPad after then-competitor Gowalla released its app on the platform. Gowalla has since been absorbed into Facebook.

Uber raises another $1.2 billion, pledges to become 'more humble company' — After a bumpy November, Uber is closing the year by raising another $1.2 billion in financing, bringing the total to more than $2 billion to date. In a blog post announcing the financing, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company was six times bigger than a year ago.

Spotify is offering 3 months of Premium for $0.99 — If you've been on the fence about trying Spotify Premium, here's your chance to test out the service for three months for half the price of a cup of coffee. Starting Thursday through Dec. 31, users who haven't tried Premium or Unlimited before, can sample Premium.

Tumblr experiments with a 'Buy' button — Almost two years after it introduced advertising, Tumblr is taking a baby step toward offering e-commerce by letting users post content from Etsy with a "Buy" button. The blogging platform has also rolled out a "Browse" button for Artsy, "Pledge" for Kickstarter and "Do Something" for

15 tips on turning your finances around in 2015 — The standard advice to twentysomethings looking to turn their finances around is to skip those $5 lattes at Starbucks and put that money in a bank somewhere. Adam Nash, the president and CEO of Wealthfront, isn't about to give up his well-known Starbucks habit, though.

Uber is expanding its carpooling service to New York City — Uber's ride-sharing plan, UberPool, is coming to New York City this week, aiming to provide cheaper rides for locals. UberPool was first launched in San Francisco in August. The offering is similar to the company's uberX service - the lower-cost alternative to its black car service - but lets riders save money by splitting the cost with other passengers.

Cyber Monday or Mobile Monday? Either way, sales were just OK — For brick-and-mortar retailers, there wasn't much to celebrate about Black Friday, but Cyber Monday wasn't very merry, either. Sales rose just 8% on what is hailed as the biggest online shopping day of the year, which is less than the 13% to 15% expected jump, according to IBM.

Numbing numbers: The year in insane startup valuations — In a year in which Apple seemed fated to soon become the world's first trillion-dollar company, maybe it isn't surprising that tech startups were blasting past billion-dollar valuations. Huge numbers quoted for companies with almost zero monetization or profits inevitably evoked talk of a bubble and knowing references to 2000.
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Dec 19, 2014

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