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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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Marc Rogers / Marc's Security Ramblings: Why the Sony hack is unlikely to be the work of North Korea.  —  Everyone seems to be eager to pin the blame for the Sony hack on North Korea.  However, I think it's unlikely.  Here's why:1.  The broken English looks deliberately bad and doesn't exhibit any of the classic comprehension mistakes …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Uber Strikes Deal With Portland to Suspend Service for Three Months  —  Uber reached an agreement with Portland to suspend operations in the city for three months while regulators work to revise rules around taxis that currently prohibit ridesharing apps.  —  The city agreed to let Uber …

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: Flickr ends the sale of Creative Commons licensed photos through Wall Art service, apologizes, will issue refunds  —  Flickr kills sale of Creative Commons prints, issues refunds  —  Flickr has abruptly ended a service that allowed people to buy canvas or wood prints based on pictures …

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Reuters: Google's next operating system Android M will be integrated directly into cars, first vehicles expected 2015  —  Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOGL.O) is laying the groundwork for a version of Android …

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Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog: Google concerned by reports that MPAA is secretly working with studios to resurrect SOPA  —  The MPAA's Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General  —  We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret …

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Junio C Hamano / Gmane: Vulnerability in Git, Mercurial allows for arbitrary code execution on OSX, Windows; affects Visual Studio, Github client app, among others  —  Subject: [ANNOUNCE] Git v2.2.1 (and updates to older maintenance tracks)  —  Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel, gmane.comp.version-control.git

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Longtime IE leader Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft  —  Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft.  And yes, of course, there is an IE shirt associated with this milestone, too.  The longtime Internet Explorer leader, who led the efforts to modernize and revitalize Microsoft's web browser …

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Michael Mimoso / Threatpost: Vulnerability in embedded web server software from 2002 leaves about 12M home routers exposed  —  12 Million Home Routers Vulnerable to Takeover  —  More than 12 million devices running an embedded webserver called RomPager are vulnerable to a simple attack that could give a hacker man …

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Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land: To Prove Online-To-Offline Impact, Google Rolls Out “Store Visits” Metric In AdWords  —  It's been well known that Google has been working on a solution to tie clicks on search ads back to in-store traffic and sales as part of Estimated Total Conversions in AdWords.

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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica: US telcos can operate in Cuba as part of new reform, White House says  —  As part of a surprise move to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, the White House announced that it would be “initiating new efforts” to help the island nation access the Internet.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Skytap Raises $35M For Its Cloud-Based Enterprise Development And Testing Service  —  Skytap is a service that aims to help dev and test teams in the enterprise work more efficiently (and test their code more often).  The company today announced that it has raised a $35 million funding round led …

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post: Critical vulnerabilities in SS7 telephony protocol found; tested techniques can decrypt cell phone calls and texts  —  German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.  —  German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more  —  WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.1, which adds a slew of new features to help you “focus on your writing” with the blog management tool.  You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (6.4MB).

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Richard Bilton / BBC: BBC investigation finds Apple repeatedly not meeting its supply chain standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers  —  Apple ‘failing to protect Chinese factory workers’  —  The undercover reporter filmed workers falling asleep on 12-hour shifts

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Windows App Studio gets TouchDevelop programming language and web app templates, drops Windows Phone 8.0  —  Microsoft today updated Windows App Studio, its free web-based tool designed to let anyone create an app, with support for TouchDevelop, a touch-friendly programming language that includes …

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Mobile analytics firm Mixpanel raises $65M Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz at an $865M valuation  —  Mixpanel Raises $65 Million to Build Predictive Data Tech  —  Suhail Doshi has big dreams for his mobile and Web analytics company Mixpanel Inc. and has just raised $65 million …

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John Cook / GeekWire: Redfin raises $70.9M to continue national real estate expansion … Redfin today announced $70.9 million in fresh funding, money that the Seattle real estate brokerage will use to continue its national expansion.  Total funding in the 10-year-old company now stands at $166 million.

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