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Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal: Samsung hires new global design team head Lee Don-tae, top exec at design agency Tangerine, that consulted for Apple, employed Jony Ive in early 90s  —  Samsung Hires New Global Design Head  —  Can Samsung Electronics design its way out of its recent profit slide?

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Report: VCs invested $48.3B in US startups in 2014, the most since 2000  —  Venture Funding of U.S. Startups Last Year Was Most Since 2000  —  The money spigots for U.S. startups opened last year to their widest since the peak of the dot-com boom in 2000.

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Jessica E. Lessin / The Information: Google in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B+ valuation to support Internet satellites project  —  Google Nears Major Investment in SpaceX to Bolster Satellites  —  Google is close to investing in rocket maker SpaceX, according to several people familiar with the talks …

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Paul Carsten / Reuters: Microsoft's Outlook service subject to the man-in-the-middle attack in China this weekend, according to GreatFire.org  —  After Gmail blocked in China, Microsoft's Outlook hacked, says GreatFire  —  (Reuters) - Chinese users of Microsoft Corp's Outlook email service were subject …

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Dan Ackerman / CNET: Dell XPS 13 review: thin bezel, decent 7 hour battery life, good value at $799, but high-res touchscreen costs an additional $500  —  Dell XPS 13 (2015) review: Stunning screen, compact design make XPS 13 the first great laptop of 2015  —  The Good Dell's revamped XPS 13 has a nearly borderless display …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Amazon announces plans to make movies for theaters, Prime streaming  —  Amazon Studios is going to start making movies, and you'll be seeing them in theaters before they become available for streaming on Prime.  Fresh off Golden Globe wins for its original series Transparent …

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Mark Scott / New York Times: British Fraud Office Ends HP-Autonomy Inquiry  —  LONDON — The Serious Fraud Office of Britain said on Monday that it had closed its investigation into suspected accounting and disclosure abuses connected to Hewlett-Packard's $11 billion purchase of the British technology company Autonomy.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Indian E-Commerce Marketplace ShopClues Lands $100M Round Led By Tiger Global  —  There's more funding for e-commerce companies in India today, after ShopClues — a startup that led the adoption of the marketplace model in the country — closed a $100 million Series D round.

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Agence France-Presse: Bangladesh shuts down messaging services to quell violence  —  dhaka (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Bangladeshi telecoms authorities Sunday shut down smartphone messaging and voice services Viber and Tango, which have become a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests now in their third week.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Filmmakers depict more realistic hacking than usual in Blackhat by hiring hacking consultants  —  Blackhat brings some hacking realism to Hollywood, but to what effect?  —  During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned …

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg: Source: HTC to unveil smartwatch with Under Armour fitness service integration and flagship M9 phone with Snapdragon 810, 20MP rear camera in March  —  HTC Said to Plan Better Camera Phone, First Smartwatch in March  —  HTC Corp. (2498) plans to unveil a marquee phone in March with improved camera …

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Edgar Alvarez / Engadget: AT&T demos LTE Broadcast technology to efficiently deliver video streams in crowded places  —  How AT&T will deliver TV (and more) over crowded LTE  —  During the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship, AT&T showed off a working demo of a new version of its Long-Term Evolution network: LTE Broadcast.

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New York Times: N.S.A. Tapped Into North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled …

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: Indie developer of podcast app Overcast details sales stats, reports $15.6K average monthly revenue  —  Overcast's 2014 sales numbers  —  Nobody ever wants to talk about money.  —  But current and prospective indie app developers could really use more information on the subject.

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Peter Sterne / Capital New York: Genius is beta testing a feature allowing users to annotate any web page  —  Genius tests ‘annotate everything everywhere’ feature  —  Genius, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup that made headlines earlier this week when it poached pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker …

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Brian Crecente / Polygon: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the top selling game of 2014 as industry sales grew just 1%  —  Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare top selling game of 2014, Destiny number three  —  It appears the only thing people like to do more in video games than run around shooting each other …

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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg: Hutchison owner of mobile operator Three in talks to buy UK's O2 from Telefonica for $13.6B  —  Hutchison May Bid $13.6 Billion for U.K.'s O2, Sunday Times Says  —  Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13), the conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, is in early talks to bid …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Uber Wants to Create 50,000 Jobs, Take 400,000 Cars Off the Road in Europe This Year  —  Uber chief Travis Kalanick said he wants to expand operations in Europe and, in the process, create 50,000 jobs and take 400,000 personal vehicles off the road.  —  Kalanick said the ride-sharing service …

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Blastdoor / AppleInsider: KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience; advanced model with 3D handwriting due later  —  Previous Comments  —  Stylus, eh?  —  Well... I guess people will probably quote Jobs' opinion about the merits of a stylus (he was against it).

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom: Microsoft begins wide rollout of Lumia Denim update that brings big improvements to camera app  —  Lumia Camera plays a starring role in Windows Phone Denim update  —  Microsoft has been sharing details on its Demim update, the next step up for Windows Phone, since September.

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Robert Lemos / Ars Technica: Survey: security products send average large organizations 17K malware alerts per week, only 19% of which are reliable  —  Survey says security products waste our time  —  For anyone who has freaked out when an antivirus alert popped up on their screen and spent time researching it only to find …

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Raffi Khatchadourian / New Yorker: How Rana el Kaliouby and her company Affectiva developed software to sense emotions from video  —  We Know How You Feel  —  Computers are learning to read emotion, and the business world can't wait. … » … “To you it was fast.”  —  NOVEMBER 13, 2000  —  BUY THE PRINT »

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Reuters: Alibaba agrees to handle payments and shipping to China for US stores Saks, Macy's, and others  —  Alibaba in major initiative to court China consumer for U.S. retailers  —  (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) plans a major move to win U.S. business this year …

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Spiegel Online: New Snowden documents show scope of United States' cyber war plans: infiltrate and control or destroy enemy systems and networks  —  NSA Preps America for Future Battle  —  The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning.  Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency …

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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian: NSA academic advisory panel says there's no potent alternative to bulk data collection for identifying new intelligence targets  —  Technology offers no magic solution to bulk data collection issues, says panel  —  Advisory body says ‘technological magic’ cannot resolve security objectives …

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