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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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Jessica Plautz / Mashable: Delta security flaw lets passengers access others' boarding passes  —  Airlines are moving toward mobile boarding passes, and looking to a paperless future of air travel.  —  But there are clearly still some kinks to work out, one of which is the security behind mobile boarding passes.

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Barb Darrow / Gigaom: MongoDB snaps up WiredTiger as new storage engine option  —  Credit: Flickr / Cesar Rodas  —  Credit: Flickr / Cesar Rodas  —  NoSQL fan favorite MongoDB has purchased WiredTiger and its storage engine technology, and as part of the deal snags itself some database stars in Keith Bostic and Dr. Michael Cahill.

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: Sci-Fi author Neal Stephenson joins augmented reality startup Magic Leap as “Chief Futurist”  —  Neal Stephenson joins mysterious augmented reality company Magic Leap  —  Science fiction author Neal Stephenson has become the “Chief Futurist” of Magic Leap …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You  —  We're not ace photographers, but we all take photos.  Most could use a little help with light and shadow.  So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Gmail gets Content Security Policy support to stop extensions from loading unsafe code  —  Google today added support for Content Security Policy (CSP) to Gmail.  The security feature protects users by stopping extensions from loading unsafe code.  —  CSP is a computer security concept …

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Silke Koltrowitz / Reuters: TAG Heuer enlists partners in smartwatch plan and may make acquisitions  —  (Reuters) - TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the strategy, its head said on Tuesday.

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Upcoming 2.3 Pebble update brings actionable Android Wear notifications and more  —  Pebble users have been left in the dust this year as Android Wear has taken hold over the smartwatch market-and offered some functionality that Pebble and other companies haven't yet implemented.

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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom: After Google News shutdown, external traffic to Spanish media sites plummets, according to Chartbeat  —  External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move  —  Credit: Flickr / Pavel P  —  Credit: Flickr / Pavel P  —  As expected, Google removed all Spanish publishers …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Ayden raises $250M at $1.5B valuation to expand its international payments platform, lists Facebook, Airbnb, Spotify among its 3.5K clients  —  Adyen Raises $250M From General Atlantic To Expand Its International Payments Platform  —  International payments startup Adyen is growing fast …

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Garett Sloane / Adweek: Twitter Debates Whether to Hit Autoplay on Videos to Compete With Facebook  —  Brands would love it, but would users protest?  —  Twitter is weighing a difficult decision, one that not only could disrupt the traditional order of things at the social network but also may well be the key …

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