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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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple will soon let third-party products use its Lightning port, opening up new possibilities for accessories  —  Last week at Apple's yearly briefing for accessory makers in its Made-for-iPhone/iPad (MFi) licensing program, the company unveiled new Lightning connectors and specs …

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Ryan Smith / AnandTech: Nokia launches iPad Mini look-alike 7.9" N1 Android tablet with Lollipop, reversible MicroUSB connector, launching in China next year for $250  —  Nokia Announces N1 Tablet: 7.9" & Powered By Android  —  Since selling their mobile device division to Microsoft, much contemplation has been had over the future of Nokia.

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Amazon has enough free cash flow to compete in the cloud arms race even if it lacks the cash of Microsoft and Google  —  Amazon's ability to invest in AWS: By the numbers  —  Summary: AWS chief Andy Jassy was asked whether Amazon had the funds to compete with the cash piles of Microsoft and Google in the cloud wars.

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Tricia Duryee / GeekWire: Square launches old-school physical gift cards, replacing digital ones sent via email … Two years after Square announced it was offering a virtual gift card service, it's nixing the program in favor of physical ones.  —  That may sound counter intuitive in today's digital-first culture …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: BitTorrent Opens Its Paygate Premium Content Bundles To All Artists, Giving Creators A 90% Cut  —  BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file distribution network that has been repositioning itself as a legit friend and home to the creative industries, is today embarking on the latest phase of its strategy …

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Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker: Inside 10x, a talent agency representing superstar programmers  —  THE PROGRAMMER'S PRICE  —  Want to hire a coding superstar?  Call the agent. … “Technically, we have an open marriage, but so far there's just Michael and me.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE »

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Rita El Khoury / Android Police: Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet With Lollipop, 7.9" 4:3 Display, 64-Bit Intel Processor, And A Reversible MicroUSB Connector  —  Nokia is taking the stage today at Slush 2014, the Eurasian tech incubator event in Helsinki, to announce its N1 tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Eric Johnson / Re/code: Execs Behind Candy Crush and Angry Birds Back Swedish Game Accelerator  —  Where is the next crop of top videogame developers going to come from?  Maybe the woods, if a new accelerator program out of Sweden takes off.  —  The nonprofit program is called Stugan, named after rural vacation cabins or cottages called stuga.

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Shawn De Cesari / Android Police: Android TV Apps Will Be Screened And Approved By Google Before Being Available In The Play Store  —  In a somewhat surprising, but completely understandable, move, Google has added a pretty large caveat to Play Store app submissions for Android TV.  According to the Android developer documentation page …

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John Markoff / New York Times: Google and Stanford researchers create image recognition software that goes beyond recognizing individual objects, teaches itself to identify entire scenes  —  Researchers Announce Advance in Image-Recognition Software  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Two groups of scientists, working independently …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Cisco launches new telepresence system, Project Squared mobile app  —  Summary: Cisco is busy retooling its collaboration portfolio with a telepresence system that uses less bandwidth and power and Project Squared, a mobile app that offers video conferencing, document sharing and other tools.

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: Google has free speech right in search results, court confirms  —  A San Francisco court ruled last week that Google has the right to arrange its search results as it pleases, which confirms the company's long-held view, while underscoring the stark difference in how U.S. and European seek to regulate the search giant.

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James Niccolai / PC World: Intel to combine PC and mobile divisions as market shifts  —  Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred.  —  The chip maker will form a new division at the start of next year called …

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: OS X Yosemite update fails to solve Mac Wi-Fi mess  —  Apple today released the first update to OS X Yosemite that included fixes for unspecified Wi-Fi problems and improved reliability for connecting to Microsoft Exchange corporate email servers.  —  But Mac owners who had said that Yosemite crippled …

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Parmy Olson / Forbes: Fitbit Data Now Being Used In The Courtroom  —  Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture.  How do you show that someone who's been in a car accident can't do their job properly, and deserves thousands of dollars in compensation?

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Brings Autoscaling To Compute Engine  —  Google continues to build out its cloud computing platform and today the company announced that its autoscaling service for Compute Engine, its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, is now available in beta.  —  Using this new feature …

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed: Uber exec, at NYC dinner with CEO present, suggested digging up dirt on critical journalists  —  Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists  —  Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics' personal lives fair game.  Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.

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