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Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table: LA's Upfront Ventures raises $280M for its fifth fund  —  Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund  —  Whew!  —  We've been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Clever Gets $30 Million From Lightspeed To Become The Login Layer For Education Apps  —  It's not often you hear about companies actually disrupting the education market.  Conventional wisdom seems to be that due to the bureaucratic nature of the industry, it's nearly impossible to get wide-scale adoption at the institutional level.

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NDTV Gadgets: Xiaomi India import ban lifted until January 8th for smartphones with Qualcomm chipsets  —  Xiaomi Permitted to Import and Sell Qualcomm-Based Handsets in India  —  The Delhi High Court on Tuesday has permitted Xiaomi to sell and import Qualcomm chipset-based handsets until January 8 as a temporary measure.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: ‘Opera Coast’ Browser for iOS Gains Discover Feature, Turbo Data Compression [iOS Blog]  —  The Opera Coast webkit-based browser for iOS was today updated to version 4.0, adding Opera Software's Turbo data compression technology to make browsing websites on the iPhone and iPad much faster on congested networks.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft  —  Dots, the mobile gaming studio responsible for two dead-simple but beautiful games, is today announcing the close of a $10 million round, as well as the official spinout of Dots as its own company, separate from betaworks.

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Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac: Google Wallet iOS app now supports Touch ID and lets you split the bill between friends  —  Apple Pay may be leaving Google Wallet in the dust when it comes to adoption, but Google hasn't given up yet.  It's just updated its iOS app to support Touch ID, add optimization for the iPhone 6/Plus …

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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Netflix updates its Android app with social sharing features, Android Wear integration  —  Streaming video service Netflix is showing some love for subscribers using the company's Android app with a new social-focused updated released today.  —  The Netflix Android app update adds a set …

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Uncarrier 8: T-Mobile lets you store, roll over your data  —  Summary:The fourth largest cellular giant in the U.S. will now let you “stash” your data, allowing you to store unused data in following months.  —  T-Mobile launched its eighth round of jabs to its cellular rivals — so-called “data stashing.”

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft's ‘Arcadia’ team is building a streaming app and game service  —  Summary:Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is staffing up a new team that is building an app and game streaming service for the company's ‘core platforms.’  —  As Microsoft officials themselves have said …

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Google Ventures invested 36% in healthcare & life sciences startups this year, up from 9% last year; consumer internet down from 66% last year to 8% in 2014  —  Google Ventures Shifts Focus to Healthcare  —  Google 's venture-capital arm is moving strongly into healthcare and life-sciences startups …

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: Automation is not only replacing manufacturing jobs, it is displacing knowledge and service workers too  —  As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up  —  A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital.

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: Microsoft to open source Project Orleans, the cloud framework behind Halo by early 2015  —  Microsoft open sources cloud framework that powers Halo  —  Microsoft is continuing its open-source push, this time announcing that it will open source its Project Orleans cloud computing web framework.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Samsung in talks with mobile payments startup LoopPay to launch Apple Pay rival in 2015  —  Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor  —  Samsung has discussed a deal with a payments startup that would help the smartphone maker unveil a wireless mobile payments system in 2015 to rival Apple, according to multiple sources.

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Zoltan Istvan / Motherboard: Flying smartphones, or personal drones with smartphone capabilities, to rise in popularity over the next ten years  —  The Dawn of the Flying Smartphone  —  Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, journalist, and author of the novel The Transhumanist Wager.  He writes an occasional column for Motherboard …

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Kyle Wiens / Wired: DRM restrictions and copyright laws make e-books less accessible to the visually impaired  —  E-Book Legal Restrictions Are Screwing Over Blind People  —  In late 2012, a 14-year-old high school student stood in front of a camera and began to read.  Chris Nusbaum's voice was calm and steady.

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Apple Pay now supports 90% of US credit cards in terms of purchase volume  —  Dozens More Companies Sign Up for Apple Pay  —  The list of companies working with Apple Pay continues to grow.  —  On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks …

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Evan Williams: Medium's key advertising sales metric is not page views, but time spent on page  —  Evan Williams: On billionaire-backed journalism, Shanley Kane, and the problem with vanity ad metrics  —  Many people use the newish blogging site Medium each day, but almost as many of them are confused …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Kik Introduces Hashtags To Bring Mini Social Networks To Its Messaging Service  —  Messaging app Kik is embracing one of the hallmarks of social networks after it introduced hashtags to its service.  An update to the iOS and Android apps today turns hashtags into clickable links to chat groups …

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Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog: A Year in Search: the moments that defined 2014  —  Every year, we reflect on the moments that made us laugh, smile from ear to ear, or stay gripped to our screens in our annual Year in Search.  In 2014, we were struck by the death of a beloved comedian, and watched news unfold about a horrific plane crash and a terrifying disease.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Comcast Will Finally Let Roku Owners Stream HBO, Showtime  —  Many people who own Roku Web video boxes can use the devices to watch shows from HBO and Showtime.  But not Comcast subscribers: A dispute between Roku and America's biggest pay TV provider have kept the networks' streaming services off of Roku gadgets.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Bose May Be Working on Streaming Music Service  —  Apple's Beats Electronics and Bose already compete in the headphone and speaker markets, but it appears that Bose may be gearing up to compete with Beats in another area — streaming music.  —  A Bose job listing first noticed by Hypebot …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Warner Music's CEO advocates for paid services as streaming revenue rises 74% in last 12 months while download sales dropped by 12%  —  Warner Music Says It Loves Streaming Music — As Long as Listeners Are Paying for It  —  Like other music labels, Warner Music Group thinks the boom in streaming music services is a good thing.

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Kate Knibbs / Gizmodo: Russian malware SoakSoak infects 100k+ self-hosted WordPress sites, uses known vulnerability in RevSlider plug-in  —  Report: Mysterious Russian Malware Is Infecting 100,000+ Wordpress Sites  —  A Russian malware called SoakSoak has infected over 100,000 Wordpress sites since this Sunday, turning blogs into attack platforms.

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Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint: Microsoft's Gestures Beta app brings ‘enhanced’ gestures to Lumia Windows Phone devices  —  Microsoft has been working on some interesting gestures for Windows Phone that will allow you to interact with your device without having to touch the display, and the company is now ready to show off …

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Kristian Vättö / AnandTech: Western Digital's enterprise arm HGST to acquire flash array provider Skyera in all cash deal  —  Western Digital to Acquire Skyera  —  Western Digital, or its enterprise arm HGST to be exact, has today announced that it will be acquiring all-flash array provider Skyera.

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