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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple WatchKit third-party apps require a connected iPhone to function, ‘fully native’ apps coming later in 2015  —  Apple has just released a flood of information about how apps on Apple Watch work, through the WatchKit framework.  There are three types of integrations currently possible …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Google releases first set of Android Auto APIs for creating audio and messaging apps for cars  —  Android Auto Starts The Engine For Developers  —  Google has begun letting third-party developers build apps for Android Auto, with the release of a new set of APIs for its in-car software platform.

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says exec's remarks on targeting the press “a departure from our values”  —  Uber CEO Condemns “Terrible” Comments  —  “We should lead by inspiring our riders, our drivers, and the public at large,” Travis Kalanick said in an 11-tweet tweetstorm this afternoon.

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James Trew / Engadget: Create your own smart home with littleBits' house-friendly kit  —  Ever since littleBits' snap-together circuits got the ability to speak to the internet, they were crying out to be used for home-automation.  Today, littleBits itself is making that a dead cert, by launching a “Smart Home Kit.”

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Cisco Releases OpenSOC Security Analytics Framework as Open Source  —  OpenSOC Big Data Security Analytics Framework Consumes and Monitors Network Traffic and Machine Exhaust Data of a Data Center  —  In an effort to help organizations create an incident investigation tool that meets …

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: Ex-BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins named CEO and Chairman of wireless charging startup Powermat  —  Ex-BlackBerry chief joins Powermat as CEO  —  Thorsten Heins, who departed BlackBerry in late 2013, will now lead the wireless-charging company.  —  Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins …

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Meghan Peters / Facebook Media: Facebook expands FB Newswire with FB Techwire to flag tech content on Facebook for journalists  —  Introducing FB Techwire  —  By Meghan Peters, Strategic Partnerships, News  —  Since it launched in April, FB Newswire has made it easy for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Seeds iOS 8.2 With WatchKit SDK for Apple Watch Apps to Developers  —  Apple today announced that its set of WatchKit development tools are now available for developers, allowing them to begin creating apps and software for the company's upcoming Apple Watch.

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: WeMail Raises $1M From Twitch, Reddit Founders For Intelligently Designed Mobile E-mail  —  Sure, there have been plenty of attempts at re-thinking e-mail on mobile devices.  But that's no reason not to try, try again.  —  A pretty experienced team of founders who have sold companies …

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: With some 650M MAUs, Facebook gives Groups its own app with more control over notifications, no ads for now  —  The new Groups app makes Facebook about your friends again  —  Imagine you have an online service for chatting with friends, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 650 to 700 million monthly active users.

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Yi Zhuang / The Twitter Blog: Twitter search finally indexes all public tweets since 2006  —  Building a complete Tweet index  —  Today, we are pleased to announce that Twitter now indexes every public Tweet since 2006.  —  Since that first simple Tweet over eight years ago, hundreds of billions of Tweets …

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Shirley Sun / Facebook: Facebook launches standalone Groups app for iOS and Android  —  Introducing the Facebook Groups App  —  People use Facebook Groups every day to stay in touch with family, collaborate on projects, plan trips and offer support to friends.  —  Today, we're introducing a new Facebook Groups app …

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Rita El Khoury / Android Police: Nokia releases Z Launcher adaptable homescreen replacement on Play Store with scribble search  —  Nokia's Z Launcher Blasts Into The Play Store With Its Contextual Predictions And Letter Scribbling  —  Earlier this year, Nokia surprised everyone by developing an interesting Android app called Z Launcher.

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Lucian Constantin / PC World: EFF and Mozilla back new certificate authority “Let's Encrypt” offering free SSL certificates  —  EFF, Mozilla back new certificate authority that will offer free SSL certificates  —  A new organization supported by Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others is working …

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Wall Street Journal: IBM launches IBM Verse web-based email service, free for individuals, commercial version for business  —  IBM Launching Web-Based Email Service  —  Company to Offer IBM Verse Free to Individuals and Hopes to Sell Commercial Version to Businesses  —  International Business Machines Corp …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Teespring Raises $35 Million Series B From Khosla Ventures As It Prepares To Expand Beyond Apparel  —  Custom apparel startup Teespring, which raised $20 million from Andreessen Horowitz in January, has now closed on a $35 million Series B from Khosla Ventures to continue to fuel its growth and expansion …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Households Have Three or More Devices Pinging the Internet  —  How much do Americans love the Internet?  —  Well, Ericsson counted all the ways.  —  It turns out that 90 percent of U.S. households have three or more Internet-connected devices …

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Lucy Teitler / Motherboard: Hackers are building and open-sourcing spy tools based on leaked NSA documents  —  Let's Play NSA!  The Hackers Open-Sourcing Top Secret Spy Tools  —  Last August, at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas, a boyish 40-year-old engineer and security researcher named Michael Ossmann stood …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Tiiny 2.0. update makes images, video permanent by default; adds profiles  —  Kevin Rose updates his micro-photo sharing app with Tiiny 2.0  —  Images are no longer ephemeral, still very tiny  —  Sharing photos of your day has become a ritual for billions of smartphone users around the planet.

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Google Keep now lets you share notes and collaborate in real-time  —  Google Keep has proven to be a popular app in the productivity realm, letting users put down impromptu thoughts or create to-do lists on the fly.  —  Now, however, not only can you share them with others to view …

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Far from killing it, native apps have made the open web even stronger  —  Native Apps Are Part of the Web  —  Christopher Mims, writing in the WSJ, “The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It”: … I can't believe someone is still writing this in 2014.  Users love apps, developers love apps …

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption using TextSecure code  —  The most recent update to WhatsApp's Android app includes a surprising feature: strong end-to-end encryption, enabled by default.  It's the strongest security any major texting app has offered, even compared with similar tools …

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Cho Mu-hyun / ZDNet: Samsung to launch flexible display, cut number of smartphone models by 25-30% in 2015  —  Samsung to launch flexible display, cut smartphone models in 2015  —  Summary: Samsung Electronics will launch a flexible display for handsets and release 25 to 30 percent less handset models next year …

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David Meyer / Gigaom: Nokia N1 will be made and sold by Foxconn, will include Google Play in markets where Play is available  —  Non-Microsoft Nokia launches Android N1 tablet with Foxconn  —  Here's a shocker — Nokia, not to be confused with its former handset business that is now owned by Microsoft, has unveiled an Android tablet.

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Steven Loeb / VatorNews: Squarespace acquires website building service Brace, which will shut down Jan. 19  —  Squarespace scoops up website building service Brace.io  —  Brace will be shutting down services in January, but customers will get a free year of Squarespace  —  The stated goal of website publishing …

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