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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Google sues to block Mississippi AG Jim Hood's “burdensome, retaliatory” subpoena of records, issued a document preservation notice to MPAA  —  Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood  —  Last Friday, The Verge published …

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple increases app prices in Russia in response to changing exchange rates  —  Apple has today informed developers that it has changed the pricing of apps and In-App Purchases in the Russian App Store, following changes to exchange rates.  The recent ruble-dollar rates have fluctuated …

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FBI: FBI concludes that the North Korean government is responsible for Sony Pictures hack  —  Update on Sony Investigation … Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com: In new email sent to Sony executives, hackers threaten further release of “sensitive data” pending any “additional trouble”  —  Source: Hackers send new message to Sony  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney)  —  The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures …

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom: Sales rise in McDonald's tests of beacons for wireless offers of promotions on iOS/Android  —  Hold the beacon: McDonald's tests wireless offers near stores  —  Credit: Flickr / Kenny Louie  —  Credit: Flickr / Kenny Louie  —  McDonald's was one of the first retail locations I used …

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch: Xbox One To Get Pandora, Vevo, Popcornflix And More Apps This Week  —  Microsoft might have said that they're done shipping their big Xbox One software updates for the year — but that doesn't mean they can't release a few new toys in the form of apps.  —  The company has just announced five …

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CBS News: How North Korea could have pulled off Sony Pictures hack  —  Shares -  —  Sources tell CBS News the sophisticated and damaging cyberattack against Sony Pictures originated in North Korea and flowed through a vast array of computer servers in other countries in an attempt to hide its origin.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: FBI to name North Korea, and possibly China, responsible for Sony hack before 1:30pm today  —  FBI to name North Korea as culprit in Sony hack today  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation will say later today that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony, according to Reuters and CBS.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Citigroup raises valuation of Instagram, bought by Facebook for $1B, from $19B to $35B  —  Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion  —  Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.  —  The photo-sharing network recently announced …

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Djay Pro for Mac brings Spotify-powered mixes, revamped interface, and more features, for $50  —  Djay for Mac Goes Pro With Spotify Integration, Revamped Interface, and More Powerful Features  —  Algoriddim has long been known for its popular DJ app djay, which began life on the Mac …

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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal: Poll: 45% of Americans have been notified that payment card details were stolen in a data breach  —  Poll Shows Broad Impact of Cyberattacks  —  Just fewer than half of Americans say that a retailer, bank or credit-card company has told them or a household member that their payment card details …

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Sean Silcoff / Globe and Mail: BlackBerry stock slips as revenue tumbles below expectations  —  BlackBerry Ltd. revenue plunged unexpectedly in the third quarter, but the company managed to eke out a slight profit on an adjusted basis.  —  The company earned $793-million (U.S.) in revenue in the quarter ended Nov. 29, down from $916-million in the previous quarter.

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Andy / TorrentFreak: MPAA says Google positioning itself as a defender of free speech is shameful  —  Google & MPAA Publicly Slam Each Other Over Piracy  —  Even after running for weeks, the fallout from the Sony hacking fiasco is showing no signs of waning.  In fact in some areas it appears that matters are only getting worse.

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Rhiannon Williams / Telegraph: Apple CEO Tim Cook is “deeply offended” by the BBC's labor abuse allegations  —  Apple goes to war with the BBC  —  Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook ‘deeply offended’ by allegations made by BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret's Not One Of Them  —  Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-the-pan trend?  A winner-take-all category?  Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead?

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Robert McMillan / Wired: Bots Now Outnumber Humans on the Web  —  Diogo Mónica once wrote a short computer script that gave him a secret weapon in the war for San Francisco dinner reservations.  —  This was early 2013.  The script would periodically scan the popular online reservation service, OpenTable …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft brings Windows Phone carrier billing to China, India, Brazil, and Verizon in the U.S.  —  Microsoft today announced new Windows Phone partnerships for carrier billing, which lets customers charge app and other content digital purchases directly to their phone bill.

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Cory Bennett / The Hill: EFF to argue NSA's “upstream” data collection program is unconstitutional in first public court challenge Friday  —  NSA to defend Internet collection in court  —  Digital rights advocate the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is taking the National Security Agency (NSA) …

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Amazon's smartphone strategy could threaten its retail dominance as local delivery services, retail startups bring innovation to consumers  —  Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear  —  Thanks to its ugly spat with book publishers, Amazon has lately been cast as the abominable boogeyman of American commerce.

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Google launching open source Cloud Dataflow SDK for Java  —  Summary:Cloud Dataflow fills a major puzzle piece in Google's rapidly evolving and growing cloud stack as the Internet giant continues to challenge Amazon Web Services.  —  Google is looking to woo cloud developers once again …

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: GameAnalytics Scores $5.5M Series A, Hires Ex-Aol European MD As CEO  —  GameAnalytics, a free analytics platform for games developers, has leveled-up its funding.  The Copenhagen-headquartered startup, which also has a sales office in London and a development hub in Berlin, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round.

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Vindu Goel / New York Times: Instagram purges spambots; popular accounts lose millions of followers, with the company losing the most at 18.9M  —  Millions of Fake Instagram Users Disappear in Purge  —  Social media services like Facebook and Twitter are always battling against spam or fake accounts that hijack hashtags …

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Richard Lawler / Engadget: Samsung to shut down its ChatOn messaging service Feb. 1, 2015 in all markets except U.S.  —  Samsung's ChatOn service will shut down next year — but not in the US (update)  —  After denying reports that its ChatOn service was close to being disbanded on a region-by-region basis, Samsung has announced in Korea that it's going away.

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Bloomberg: China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers  —  China is aiming to purge most foreign technology from banks, the military, state-owned enterprises and key government agencies by 2020, stepping up efforts to shift to Chinese suppliers, according to people familiar with the effort.

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Matthew Wee / Yahoo: The Yahoo App Adds Local News, Commenting, and More on Android and iOS in the U.S.  —  Want to know more about what's going on around you?  Today we're bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App.  As you move around the country, you'll be able to see what's going on in your area.

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