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Matt Brian / Engadget: BT is in talks to buy back O2  —  Following in the footsteps of Take That, S Club 7 and 5ive, BT appears determined to get the band back together.  The company has confirmed to us that it is in talks with European communications giant Telefonia to buy back O2, almost a decade after it sold the operator for £17.7 billion.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Google's Inbox uses open source tools like J2ObjC to reuse 70% of code across Android, iOS, and web apps  —  How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web  —  Launching a new app in the mobile age is hard.  If you want to reach a wide audience …

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Joshua Ho / AnandTech: OnePlus One review: well built with solid battery life despite the low $299 starting price, but difficult to use one-handed and software feels unpolished  —  The OnePlus One Review  —  The OnePlus One has been one of the most hyped smartphones of 2014.  There's really not much else to be said …

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Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal: Anonymous messaging app Yik Yak raises $62M led by Sequoia at valuation in low hundreds of millions, adds Jim Goetz to board  —  Year-Old Yik Yak Draws Big Valuation  —  Figure for Anonymous-Messaging App Is Said to Be in Low Hundred Millions of Dollars  —  Yik Yak, the controversial …

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Marco della Cava / USA Today: Apple to donate unspecified “portion” of sales to the Global Fund on World Aids Day, partners with developers for (RED) apps and in-app purchases  —  Apple launches massive two-week (RED) campaign  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is glowing (RED) for the holidays.

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Wall Street Journal: Samsung considers reorg placing mobile division under co-CEO B.K. Yoon, who oversees TV and home appliance business  —  Samsung Considering Shake-Up in Management  —  Co-CEO B.K. Yoon May Assume Leadership of Mobile Division

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Wall Street Journal: Samsung Considering Shake-Up in Management  —  Co-CEO B.K. Yoon May Assume Leadership of Mobile Division

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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table: The one big potential Uber scandal concerns employee access to user data, not targeting journalists for opposition research  —  In Defense of Uber: An Objective Opinion  —  The story on Uber has been written about ad nauseam, which is why I've been reluctant to weigh in.

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Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal: Tech firms competing for talent spawn “workplace coordinators” to manage lavish employee perks  —  Lavish Perks Spawn New Job Category  —  At Tech Companies, Aim-to-Please Specialists Provide Yoga Classes, Jell-O Shots  —  From Muay Thai classes to Zen meditation rooms …

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Symantec uncovers Regin, a trojan likely built by a nation-state, which has spied on businesses and governments since 2008  —  Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool  —  Computer security researchers at Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece …

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Europeans Have Authority To Seek Google Break Up Though Unlikely To Do So  —  Break Google up.  That's the thrust of a “non-binding” resolution the European Parliament is expected to adopt at some point in the near future, according to a report on Friday from Reuters.

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Alissa Walker / Gizmodo: Google and Garmin altered directions to the Hollywood sign on behalf of nearby homeowners to keep tourists away  —  Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps  —  The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth.  In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible.

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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept: The US Congress won't limit the NSA: individuals, courts, and other nations must step up  —  Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance.  Here's What Matters Instead.  —  The “USA Freedom Act”—which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope …

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Jerome Groopman / New Yorker: How 3-D printing is revolutionizing medicine … “I just hope people in the future are, like, ‘What the hell are these things?’ ”  —  BUY OR LICENSE » … BUY OR LICENSE »

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Ben Huh / Backchannel: How Cheezburger survived 3 years of turmoil to create a platform for remixing funny images  —  Rewriting Cheezburger Saved My Life  —  Please You Download It … I want to tell you the entire story of how this app came to be, with all the guts and gore.

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Ian Urbina / New York Times: Passwords don't just protect data, they reveal our hopes, dreams, secrets, fears, and memories  —  The Secret Life of Passwords … Play Videos  —  Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world's largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it.

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Ken Dilanian / Associated Press: Internal NSA debate led Obama to consider plan to stop gathering US phone records in 2009  —  AP Exclusive: Before Snowden, a debate inside NSA  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Edward Snowden sparked a public outcry with the disclosure that the National Security Agency …

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Laura Hudson / New York Times: How Twine, a creation tool for text-based video games, brought more diverse voices to gaming  —  Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All  —  Perhaps the most surprising thing about “GamerGate,” the culture war that continues to rage within the world of video games, is the game that touched it off.

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Felix Gillette / Businessweek: Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014  —  Mobile Payment Startup Venmo is Killing Cash  —  Kristen Geil, a writer for an Internet marketing firm in Chicago, heard about Venmo for the first time two summers ago.

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Lauren Schwartzberg / Fast Company: The Oral History of The Poop Emoji (Or, How Google Brought Poop to America)  —  Everyone's favorite emoji began in Japan.  But without Google, it may have stayed there.  —  If the story of the poop emoji's rise were told in emojis, it would look like this:

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AnandTech: Full disk encryption on Nexus 6 leads to 62.9% drop in random read performance  —  Encryption and Storage Performance in Android 5.0 Lollipop  —  As alluded to in our Nexus 6 review, our normal storage performance benchmark was no longer giving valid results as of Android 5.0.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Eyes-on with Streaming Photoshop: Adobe's plan to bring PS to the cloud  —  We have seen Photoshop work in a browser, and it looked pretty good.  “Streaming Photoshop” is Adobe and Google's plan to bring the incomparable photo editor to Chrome OS and the Chrome Browser.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Assembly raises $2.9M for a platform letting anyone contribute to projects and share profits  —  With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid  —  A new startup wants to evolve open-source methods, adding a wide range of skills and profit sharing

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Derek Walter / Greenbot: Google Maps 9.1 for Android now displays local weather, time, and tips about your destination  —  Google Maps 9.1 is a rather minor update, compared to the major Material Design overhaul in 9.0.  —  But it turns out there are some useful features tucked away, especially if you rely on the app …

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Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint: Pebble Android app update brings support for full notifications and more languages  —  Pebble is on a roll.  —  Despite kicking off the week with handy apps like Domino's Tracker and PayPal, the smartwatch maker has yet another announcement up its sleeve: an update for the Pebble Android app …

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