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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Google OnHub review: looks great, is most user-friendly, but performance and functionality aren't worth the $200 price  —  Google OnHub review—Google's smart home Trojan horse is a $200 leap of faith  —  Today it's a $200 Wi-Fi router.  Tomorrow?  We have no idea.  (Ok, maybe some idea.)

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Yael Grauer / Wired: A look at some of the real-life apps and tools used in Mr. Robot, a TV drama about hacking  —  A Peek Inside Mr. Robot's Toolbox  —  The bar wasn't exactly high for dystopian hacker suspense thrillers when USA Network's Mr. Robot launched, but the show has gone on to surprise everyone.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Galaxy Tab S2 hands-on: 4:3 aspect ratio, better fingerprint reader are notable improvements, but $400+ Android tablets are a hard sell in sea of budget tablets  —  Galaxy Tab S2: A lighter tablet with the right aspect ratio, high price  —  Hands-on: Samsung's latest is respectable, but $400+ Android tabs are a hard sell.

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: Anonymous administration officials say US may issue sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from cyber theft of US trade secrets  —  Administration developing sanctions against China over cyberespionage  —  The Obama administration is developing a package …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Former FireEye intern pleads guilty to developing Dendroid spyware for Android; sentencing scheduled for Dec. 2  —  Former security intern admits developing super-stealthy Android spyware  —  Dendroid cost $300, made it easy to take pictures and record audio and video.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Netflix says it will not renew its deal with Epix after current agreement expires in September  —  Netflix Is Losing More Hollywood Movies, and It Says You'll Be OK With That  —  Netflix says it is not renewing a distribution deal with cable network Epix, which means its U.S. subscribers …

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Parker Higgins / Electronic Frontier Foundation: Aborted Wikipedia ban in Russia and GitHub ban in China show how HTTPS encryption can limit censorship as governments are reluctant to block the entire sites  —  Russia's Wikipedia Ban Buckles Under HTTPS Encryption  —  Dueling forces of encryption and government censorship came to a head …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Sources: Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 will support streaming service next year, but won't have App Store or direct Siri controls  —  Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 stays & gets new streaming service  —  Rough mockup of fourth Apple TV vs. third Apple TV by Michael Steeber

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Why It's Hard to Sue the NSA: You Have to Prove It Spied on You  —  Here's a big problem with secret spying programs in the US: To dismantle them with a lawsuit, someone has to prove that their privacy rights were infringed.  And that proof is almost always a secret.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Rolls Out Personalized Storm-Tracking Information In Search Results  —  With the U.S. hurricane season about to kick off, Google announced today that it's expanding the weather-related information that will appear in Google search results when web users search for information about particular storms or tornadoes.

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Karl Bode / DSLreports: Verizon customers with two-year contracts can keep and renew them, and still get phone subsidies  —  Verizon's New ‘Simplified’ No-Contract Prices Confuse Everyone  —  Verizon is reminding users that while the company recently announced that it was killing devices subsidies and long-term contracts …

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Bla1ze / CrackBerry.com: New images of the BlackBerry Venice slider leak, showing 18MP OIS rear camera, microSD and SIM card slots on top  —  BlackBerry ‘Venice’ slider spotted once again in new images [UPDATED]  —  While the rumors surrounding the BlackBerry ‘Venice’ slider continue to swirl …

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Tony Romm / Politico: Steve Jobs actively disdained Washington DC, but Tim Cook's Apple has reengaged in politics, especially on issues like privacy  —  Apple Takes Washington  —  Steve Jobs famously disdained D.C. Tim Cook's quietly taking it on.  —  As Apple chief Tim Cook quietly slipped out of a public meeting …

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: Hands-on with YouTube Gaming: effective for finding and viewing YouTube's existing gaming content, but it must attract big live audiences to compete with Twitch  —  YouTube Gaming is a great reminder of everything YouTube already does  —  YouTube is already a big player in live video.

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Michael de Waal-Montgomery / VentureBeat: HTC cofounder Peter Chou joins Hong Kong visual effects studio in VR push  —  The cofounder and former chief executive of struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has joined Hong Kong-based visual effects studio Digital Domain Holdings, according to an exchanges filing Friday.

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Andrew Chung / Reuters: ITC clears Microsoft phones of infringing on two InterDigital patents  —  U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement  —  Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined …

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: Facebook's Post-Roll Video Ad Test With the NFL and Verizon Quietly Ends  —  Late last year, Facebook inked a unique partnership with one of the more discerning and coveted media partners out there: the National Football League.  —  The deal featured NFL clips being promoted in people's Facebook news feeds.

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Alexander Martin / Wall Street Journal: Japanese mobile game and Internet company DeNA launches Mirrativ for Android to let users livestream anything on their screen  —  DeNA Goes Live Streaming With Mirrativ  —  Japanese mobile game and Internet company DeNA Co. is joining the global live streaming race with a new app …

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Alice Truong / Quartz: Branch founder Josh Miller and Parse founder Ilya Sukhar have announced this week they are leaving Facebook  —  The founders of two Facebook-acquired startups are leaving the company  —  Within a day of each other, two founders of startups acquired by Facebook said they are departing the company.

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Kevin Tofel / ZDNet: Amazon Echo now plays music, books from multiple accounts; gains BART schedules  —  Don't want to hear the kid's hip-hop on your Echo?  Just add another Amazon account and tell Alexa to use it for music and audiobooks.  —  The Amazon Echo got a little more useful on Friday both for families …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: FAA Starts Beta Testing App That Tells Drone Pilots Where They Are Allowed To Fly  —  Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would soon start beta testing an app that would help drone flyers understand where they can and — more importantly — can't fly.

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Kate Cox / Consumerist: Ten ISPs Sign On With FCC Fund, Will Expand Rural Broadband To Over 7M Customers In 45 States  —  The FCC's map of 25 Mbps broadband deployment as of January, 2015.  Yellow areas are served; blue are unserved.  —  While those of us who live in or near the country's medium and large cities …

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Liam Spradlin / Android Police: Google rolling out new colorful grid layout for app searches on Android  —  Google Rolling Out A Gorgeous New ‘Apps’ Results Layout For Mobile  —  In an apparent effort to boost app discoverability and engagement, it looks like Google is rolling out a beautiful new layout for “apps” search results on mobile.

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Adnan F. / SamMobile: Samsung offering $100 Google Play credit for those who buy a Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, or S6 edge after Test Drive promotion and $100 if they trade in iPhone  —  With new iPhones around the corner Samsung sweetens the deal for ‘Test Drive’ customers  —  You might have heard by now that Apple …

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Edith Ramirez / Ars Technica: FTC to hold PrivacyCon in Washington, DC, on January 14 to bring together privacy and security researchers with policymakers  —  Op-Ed: US tech policy needs real tech research behind it, FTC chairwoman says  —  FTC announces PrivacyCon forum to foster more informed policymaking.

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