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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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Ken Hoetmer / Google Geo Developers Blog: Google to turn off Google Earth API on December 12, 2015  —  Announcing deprecation of the Google Earth API  —  Over six years ago we introduced the Google Earth API, enabling developers to build rich 3D mapping applications in the browser, using JavaScript.

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Jonathan Feist / Android Authority: Google Fit update includes 100 new activities that can be entered manually, offline step tracking for Android Wear  —  Google Fit supports 100 new activities with latest update  —  With Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and a mass of app updates rolling out this week, Google is also pushing out a new version of Google Fit.

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Re/code: Sony Pictures Knew of Gaps in Computer Network Before Hack Attack  —  A security audit of Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network conducted just months before hackers unveiled a devastating cyberattack against the company showed gaps in the way the company monitored its systems.

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Christine Dobby / Globe and Mail: Canadian Competition Bureau says Apple's contracts with Canadian wireless carriers may have hiked prices on cellphones, wireless service in general  —  Apple contracts may have hiked Canadian prices for cellphones, wireless services  —  After close to nine months of investigation …

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: A quick look at Snapdragon 810, 2015's first flagship mobile chip  —  CES is almost here, and while most of the industry's biggest names (Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others) either hold their biggest announcements for separate events or decline to show up at all, there's still plenty that happens there.

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