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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar opens Creator Preview for YouTube rival Vessel to lure stars; $2.99/month service includes ads, offers up to $50 CPM for creators  —  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Pulls Back the Curtain on Vessel, His YouTube Rival  —  Six years ago Jason Kilar made a big splash in Web video when he launched Hulu.

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Hugh Langley / TechRadar.com: Netflix: offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’  —  Well damn … For some time now, services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD have offered the ability to download shows for offline viewing, yet Netflix hasn't  —  And despite the pleas of the masses (or maybe it's just us) …

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Shane Dingman / Globe and Mail: BlackBerry Classic review: old-fashioned phone that will neither please traditionalists nor new users  —  Review: BlackBerry Classic is a trip back in time  —  The BlackBerry Classic is a curmudgeonly phone.  —  That's not entirely pejorative: a curmudgeon can be a beloved figure with a kind of …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: BlackBerry officially launches Classic, with full QWERTY keyboard and physical navigation keys  —  BlackBerry officially launches the Classic, a smartphone for yesterday  —  A full QWERTY keyboard and physical navigation keys round out the Classic's throwback design

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google to close Freebase June 2015, will migrate data and APIs to Wikidata  —  Google To Close Freebase, Which Helped Feed Its Knowledge Graph  —  Google is shutting down Freebase, its open source repository of facts that, in part, helps power the Google Knowledge Graph.

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Reuters: Uber faces tough rivals, regulatory glare in China  —  (Reuters) - Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc.

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Chinese Search Engine Baidu Confirms Strategic Investment In Uber, May Add Ride Requests  —  It's official: Chinese Internet giant Baidu has confirmed that it is Uber's latest investor, as TechCrunch reported last week.  —  The companies did not disclose the amount of the investment.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Launch Center Pro makers debut Group Text+ and Email+ for iOS  —  Contrast, the makers of the popular iOS automation app Launch Center Pro, released two new apps today that hope to “speed up tedious tasks on iOS.”  Group Text+ and Email+ each include features that make texting (iMessage and SMS) …

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David Meyer / Gigaom: Sony's smart glass uses regular glasses, aims for sports and work  —  Sony Single-Lens Display Module  —  Sony Single-Lens Display Module  —  Sony has announced its own take on the smart glass concept.  To be formally unveiled at CES next month, the Single-Lens Display Module can be attached …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Brandwatch buys top influencer analytics firm PeerIndex  —  Brandwatch, the maker of technology for acquiring social intelligence, has purchased PeerIndex, an analytics firm that finds and measures social influencers.  —  Above: Giles Palmer, CEO of Brandwatch.

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Vikas SN / MediaNama: OnePlus India sales stopped by Delhi HC after Micromax complains  —  Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has been stopped from shipping or selling its smartphones in India, just a fortnight after its launch in the country, reports Mint.  An interim injunction by the Delhi High Court …

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Ben Thompson / stratechery: Wearables, Bitcoin or messaging may underpin the next consumer computing epoch, after the PC, internet, and mobile  —  The State of Consumer Technology at the End of 2014  —  While the modern computing era in many respects began with the IBM System/360 mainframe and further expanded with the minicomputer …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google Takes Play Music's Songza-Powered Playlists Abroad, First Stop UK  —  With catalogues of unlimited music on streaming services so extensive these days that we never quite know what to listen to first, playlists have become one of the key ways that music fans use services like Soundcloud.

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Billy Steele / Engadget: Fitbit says Charge skin irritation issues aren't caused by the device's materials  —  Fitbit says Charge skin issues aren't caused by its materials  —  Fitbit is no stranger to customer complaints, especially when it comes to skin issues.  After dealing with a wave of criticism …

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Twitter And Foursquare Are Partnering To Improve Location In Tweets  —  Twitter wants to start surfacing information for users that's relevant and interesting, not just timely.  And the company believes adding a location layer to its platform could be part of the solution.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Leaked Sony emails show Snapchat acquired QR scanning company Scan for $50M, AddLive for $30M plus bonuses  —  Snapchat Acquired QR Scan.me For $50M And Vergence Eyeglass Cam For $15M, Plans Music Feature  —  Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack have uncovered several acquisitions made by Snapchat.

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Business Insider: Emails from Sony Hack show Snapchat quietly acquired Google-Glass like startup Vergence Labs for $15M in early 2014  —  It Looks Like Snapchat Paid $15 Million To Buy A Google Glass-Like Startup  —  Snapchat secretly acquired a company working on a Google Glass type of product earlier this year …

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Issie Lapowsky / Wired: Shared office space provider WeWork secures $355M investment at $5B valuation  —  Believe It: Co-Working Space Startup WeWork Is Now Worth $5B  —  WeWork, the New York City-based startup that rents office space to entrepreneurs across the country, has just raised a $355 million round of funding.

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Sam Biddle / Valleywag: Sony hack confirms Snapchat turned down over $3B from Facebook last year, based on emails between Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton and Malcolm Gladwell  —  Confirmed: Snapchat Turned Down More Than $3 Billion Last Year  —  One of last year's great moments in undeserved ego was Snapchat rejecting billions …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google Drive gets Gmail attachment support, Google voice search on Android, uploading from other apps on iOS  —  Google today rolled out new Google Drive features in Gmail, as well as updated Android and iOS apps.  Gmail attachment support is live now, while the Android update is rolling out on Google Play …

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Andrew Binstock / Dr. Dobb's: Dr. Dobb's to stop producing content at year end due to decline in ad revenue and despite 10M+ page views this year  —  Farewell, Dr. Dobb's  —  This year, our website will deliver almost 10.3 million page views, which is an unprecedented number for Dr. Dobb's.  It's up from 9 million last year and 8 million three years ago.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Aiming To Be A ‘B2B Google’ For Business Intel, Mattermark Raises $6.5M Led By Foundry Group  —  Mattermark, the business intelligence site that pivoted out of YC-backed curation site Referly, is today announcing that it has raised a round of $6.5 million, funding that the startup will use to build out its ambition to be a “B2B Google.”

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Brendan Sasso / National Journal: FCC preparing to fine Sprint $105M for unauthorized cramming charges  —  FCC Plans Massive Fine of Sprint for Bogus Charges  —  The cell-phone company billed customers for services they never asked for, according to an investigation by federal regulators.

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Daniel Terdiman / VentureBeat: Facebook engineering VP Cory Ondrejka departs after overseeing Oculus acquisition  —  Facebook vice president of mobile engineering Cory Ondrejka, who has been overseeing the company's acquisition of Oculus Rift and its integration, announced today he is leaving the company.

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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable: NBC is launching streaming of network shows for people with pay-TV logins  —  NBC will begin live streaming — but not so fast, cord cutters  —  Saturday Night Live isn't live streaming just yet.  —  NBC has announced plans to begin live streaming its network shows, but cord cutters won't have access to the new service.

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