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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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Greg Sterling / Marketing Land: Yelp Introduces New App For Business Owners With Push Notifications  —  New iOS and Android app enables SMBs to manage profiles on the go.  —  Yelp is releasing a new app for business owners.  Unsurprisingly called “Yelp for Business Owners,” it's available for iOS and Android users …

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica: Jury begins deliberations in billion-dollar Apple iTunes trial  —  OAKLAND, Calif.—The long-running iTunes antitrust lawsuit against Apple has gone to a jury, which took the case after about three hours of closing arguments today.  The jury will make an unusual split decision …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft removes waitlist for its Office presentation app Sway, adds slew of new features to the preview  —  Microsoft today expanded the preview for its content aggregation and presentation application Sway.  The waitlist has been axed, meaning anyone with a Microsoft Account can sign up to start creating Sways.

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Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed: Uber responds to Sen. Al Franken, says it accessed reporters' account because she was late, scales back access to God View; senator still dissatisfied  —  Uber Said It Accessed BuzzFeed News Reporter's Information Because She Was “Late”  —  The company, responding to Sen. Al Franken …

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Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News: Networking company Riverbed Technology to be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo for $3.6B after activist investor struggle  —  Riverbed Technology to sell for $3.6 billion after activist investor struggle  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Networking company Riverbed Technology has agreed …

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Nate Raymond / Reuters: Apple e-book case enters appeals court; some judges seem sympathetic, citing Amazon dominance  —  U.S. faces tough questions in Apple e-books antitrust appeal  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. government lawyer faced tough questioning in an appeals court on Monday as he sought to defend a judge's ruling …

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Loek Essers / PC World: Google faces up to €15M fine over privacy violations in Holland  —  Dutch authority to Google: change privacy policy or else  —  If Google doesn't change how it handles users' private data by the end of February, it may face fines of €15 million (about US$18.6 million), the Dutch Privacy Authority said Monday.

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