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TechRadar.com: Google says Play Store will still sell Nexus 5 through Q1 2015, amid reports production halted  —  Nexus 5 sales are limited right now, but will continue into early 2015  —  UPDATED Nexus 6's little buddy hangs on into next year … Update: Google in the US has reached out to clarify …

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Zac Bowden / WinBeta: Consumer-focused Windows 10 build 9901 leaks with Cortana integration, numerous app and feature updates  —  First Look at an early version of the Windows 10 Consumer Preview (video)  —  Microsoft is yet to announce any consumer features which will be available in Windows 10 …

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M.G. Siegler / Medium: As tweeting screenshots of text goes mainstream, maybe it's time for Twitter to officially support posting of longer text snippets  —  Hacking The Tweet Stream  —  With pictures of text.  Weird, I know.  —  The single greatest strength of Twitter has always been its simplicity.

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Eric Limer / Gizmodo: Samsung Gear VR: a better, simpler version of the original Rift that lacks content at launch  —  Samsung Gear VR Review: Hell Yes I Will Strap This Phone to My Face  —  The Oculus Rift is an awesome virtual reality headset.  Google Cardboard is an awesome one too.  But what if you could have the best of both?

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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post: Uber pressures regulators by mobilizing riders and hiring vast lobbying network  —  OUTSIDE IN: A new era of influence  —  On a Thursday in June, bureaucrats from Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles made their move against Uber Technologies.  The fast-growing ride-for-hire company …

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Gordon Mah Ung / PC World: Alienware Alpha Review: A shockingly good tiny PC and console complement  —  AT A GLANCE  —  Hardware has a shelf life like a gallon of milk.  If it sits on the store shelf too long, it ends up getting poured down the drain.  —  That's ultimately the ugly story behind Alienware's Alpha game console.

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Om Malik: Why I'm excited about photos, the visual web, computer vision and the far reaching impact of visual sensors  —  On visual web, a photo is worth more than a 1000 words  —  Photos, photos and more photos!  Photos are the atomic unit of social platforms.  Photos and visuals are the common language of the Internet.

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Bloomberg: Watershed event in cyberwar: how in 2008 hackers sabotaged a fortified oil pipeline in Turkey  —  Mysterious '08 Turkey Pipeline Blast Opened New Cyberwar Era  —  The pipeline was outfitted with sensors and cameras to monitor every step of its 1,099 miles from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean.

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Congress passes intelligence bill incorporating key parts of Reagan-era executive order authorizing NSA spying on Americans  —  How Congress Secretly Just Legitimized Questionable NSA Mass Surveillance Tool  —  We recently noted that, despite it passing overwhelmingly …

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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Line partners with Sony Music and Avex Digital to build new streaming music service  —  Social app Line confirms its move into streaming music  —  Throughout 2014, we've been writing about the growth of Japanese social app Line, often through its use by artists like Paul McCartney …

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Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic Online: The Story Behind AOL's Iconic Yellow Running Man  —  This is the first in an occasional series about abandoned Internet icons.  —  It was spring of 1997.  “Mmmbop” was the pop song of the moment and unlimited access to AOL cost $19.95 a month.  Dial-up Internet had finally tipped mainstream.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Surface tablets on NFL sidelines used solely to replace printouts of plays from stadium cameras  —  How Surface tablets are changing the way NFL coaches work  —  Inside Microsoft's $400 million digital gridiron  —  NFL sidelines are almost always entertaining to watch, but this year …

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David Pogue / Yahoo Tech: Parrot Bebop drone review: $500 drone with exceptional stability, solid video stabilization, built-in acrobatics, simple phone app  —  Parrot's New Bebop Drone Flies Like an Angel — Once You Learn Its Secrets  —  I've become a crazyhead about flying drones this year.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Tinder Competitor Hinge Scores $12M To Bring Its Friends-Of-Friends Dating App Abroad  —  If you want to hook up or judge people for fun, there's Tinder.  But if you want to meet someone you could start a relationship with, Hinge is the app for you.  Now in 28 cities across the States …

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Businessweek: Iranian hackers in February remotely accessed and wiped thousands of servers to punish Sands Casino CEO for incendiary comments  —  Iranian Hackers Hit Sheldon Adelson's Sands Casino in Las Vegas  —  Most gamblers were still asleep, and the gondoliers had yet to pole their way down the ersatz canal …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: IsoHunt unofficially resurrects The Pirate Bay  —  Torrent site isoHunt appears to have unofficially resurrected The Pirate Bay at oldpiratebay.org.  At first glance, The Old Pirate Bay seems to be just a commemorative site for The Pirate Bay, which went down this week after police raided its data center in Sweden.

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JP Mangalindan / Fortune: AlwayOn's Tony Perkins to open a Menlo Park social club for “founders, CEOs, investors, and artists” called The Cuckoo's Nest in early 2015  —  Will Silicon Valley go cuckoo for this new social club?  —  Silicon Valley's elite have a number of upscale places where they can mingle …

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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept: How GCHQ used malware to penetrate Belgium's largest telecom and remain undetected for 2 years  —  The Inside Story of How British Spies Hacked Belgium's Largest Telco  —  When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first.  But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: YouTube Is Testing An Autoplay Feature That Streams Suggested Videos Automatically  —  YouTube, always on the lookout for ways to keep people watching more videos and staying on its site longer, is testing out a new feature that could prove to be a honeypot (or major annoyance!) for casual visitors …

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Jim Finkle / Reuters: Exclusive: Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns  —  (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions …

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Stuart Dredge / Guardian: GCHQ releases Cryptoy, a free Android tablet app that teaches children “basic encryption techniques”  —  Which surveillance agency just released an encryption app for kids?  Answer: GCHQ  —  Cryptoy Android app focuses on historic cryptography tools, despite chief's recent criticism …

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Joshua Brustein / Businessweek: Verizon says Voice Cypher, its new encrypted voice call app, will include backdoors for law enforcement  —  Verizon's New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA  —  Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it's doing …

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Sean Cameron / WinBeta: Bing becomes the first search engine to adopt new ‘safe preference’ standard  —  It is a concern for parents around the globe: how to keep one's children safe online.  Particularly through search engines, vulnerable children of any age can find themselves exposed to vulgar and crude content, even from seemingly innocuous requests.

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal: Sony tries crowdfunding again for Qrio Smart Lock, which lets smartphones control door locks  —  Sony Taps Crowdfunding Wisdom on Smart Lock  —  After a positive response to its e-paper Fes Watch, Sony Corp. has turned to the Makuake crowdfunding site again as it seeks to fine-tune the Qrio Smart Lock …

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Don Reisinger / CNET: Google, France space agency partner up on Project Loon  —  France will contribute its expertise in balloon technology, while Google will assist the space agency with long-term balloon campaigns.  —  Google and France's space agency, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales …

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