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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: SSL-busting code that threatened Lenovo users found in a dozen more apps  —  “What all these applications have in common is that they make people less secure.”  —  The list of software known to use the same HTTPS-breaking technology recently found preinstalled on Lenovo laptops has risen dramatically …

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Rita El Khoury / Android Police: Toggling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Flashlight works with voice commands in Google Search on Lollipop  —  PSA: Toggling WiFi, Bluetooth, And The Flashlight Works Flawlessly With Voice Commands In Google Search In Lollipop  —  Back in 2014, one of the changes spotted in Google Search was support for settings toggles through voice commands.

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Apple: Apple to invest €1.7B for new data centres in Ireland and Denmark running on 100% renewable energy  —  Apple to Invest €1.7 Billion in New European Data Centres  —  State-of-the-art facilities in Ireland and Denmark will run on 100 percent renewable energy

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Brett Howse / AnandTech: Dell XPS 13 review: fast with class-leading 15 hour battery life on low-cost 1080p model  —  Dell XPS 13 Review  —  Dell launched the 2015 version of their XPS 13 at CES in January, and it made a big impression because of something that was very small.  The first thing you see when you look …

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post: President Obama's doomsday encryption scenario doesn't align with how the tech actually works  —  What President Obama is getting wrong about encryption  —  President Obama meets with business leaders at a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection on Feb. 13 at Stanford University in Palo Alto …

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New York Times: Android Auto and CarPlay-enabled cars are coming, but some auto manufacturers are slow to adopt either platform  —  Rivals Google and Apple Fight for the Dashboard  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — When Google hosted a boot camp here this month for its Android operating system, there were some new faces in the room: auto manufacturers.

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Jamie Rigg / Engadget: Hands-on with Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, which adds interactive notifications, a customizable “Action Center”, new Photos and File Explorer apps  —  An in-depth look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones  —  By now, you will have heard at least something about Windows 10 …

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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom: AT&T charges at least $44 more per month for GigaPower plans if you opt out of web monitoring, and makes this pricing hard to discover  —  Don't let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee”  —  This week AT&T got a lot of media attention for its expansion of its GigaPower service to Kansas City announced on Monday.

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Angie Han / /Film: Oliver Stone to direct an Edward Snowden biopic, set for a Christmas 2015 release  —  Oliver Stone's ‘Snowden’ Sets Christmas Release; Adds Timothy Olyphant and More  —  Every year, the studios release approximately 8 million prestige dramas between November and December …

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Tumblr adds “torrent” to adult content filter hiding related posts and searches from non-logged in users  —  Tumblr Censors “Torrent” Related Tags and Searches  —  It appears that piracy is becoming a growing concern for micro-blogging platform Tumblr.

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Kevin Roose / Fusion: Meet the tweet-deleters: people who are making their Twitter histories self-destruct  —  Like most media workers, Matthew Lazin-Ryder, a Vancouver-based producer with CBC Radio, spends a fair amount of time on Twitter.  When he tweets, his messages are seen by some percentage of his 3,470 followers.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: HTC One M9 pictures and specs leak out  —  As usual with HTC, the next great Android smartphone from the Taiwanese company has apparently been leaked days ahead of its official announcement.  The guys over at Mobile Geeks have come across online listings of HTC's new flagship …

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Kashmir Hill / Fusion: Snapchat launches Safety Center website offering advice to parents and teachers, links to community guidelines telling teens not to share nudes  —  Snapchat tells teen users: No nudes!  —  When Snapchat first hit the scene, many people assumed that it was primarily a “safe sexting” …

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Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider: How flash sale site Gilt Groupe overextended and lost focus after rapid growth and fundraising  —  Four years ago Gilt Groupe was the hottest startup in New York — Here's what happened  —  Four years ago, luxury flash-sales startup Gilt Groupe was one of the buzziest e-commerce startups in the world …

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: How Line fused messaging, gaming, and merchandising into a pop culture phenomenon in Japan  —  How Japan's Line App Became A Culture-Changing, Revenue-Generating Phenomenon  —  IT'S ALREADY A POWERHOUSE IN MESSAGING, ENTERTAINMENT, AND MERCHANDISE, WITH PAYMENTS AND MORE ON THE WAY.  NEXT STOP: AMERICA.

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Tony Romm / Politico: White House to work with tech companies to develop digital content to discredit extremist messages  —  Using social media to counter Al Qaeda, ISIL messaging  —  The White House plans to work closely with tech companies to counter groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL online …

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Twitter Vice Presidents of product and engineering discuss how Twitter makes product decisions  —  Twitter's Dilemma  —  Twitter is two things.  It is a concept — everyone in the world connected in real time — that's so obvious in retrospect that it is impossible to imagine it not existing.

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Dan Froomkin / The Intercept: FBI Flouts Obama Directive to Limit Gag Orders on National Security Letters  —  Despite the post-Snowden spotlight on mass surveillance, the intelligence community's easiest end-run around the Fourth Amendment since 2001 has been something called a National Security Letter.

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Leslie Price / Racked: What the Tech World Doesn't Understand About Fashion  —  The tech world is infatuated with fashion.  This is because fashion has something tech seriously wants: the ability to create and sustain demand for products that are—let's face it—kind of useless.  —  “We desperately need …

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Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post: Spanish shoeshine guards Twitter handles like @Canada and @Japan until he can give ownership to governments  —  Meet the Spanish shoeshine guy who secretly guards Twitter's greatest real estate  —  Officially, Javier Castaño is a 50-year-old shoeshine guy at a cafe in Malaga, Spain.

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Kevin Poulsen / Wired: Equation Group shows US already has a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity, but like the original, it's purely offensive  —  Surprise!  America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks  —  “What we really need is a Manhattan Project for cybersecurity.”

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Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal: Trivia Crack lead App Store for 66 days, and now struggles to process a glut of user-created questions  —  Can an App Be Too Successful?  Ask ‘Trivia Crack’  —  Mobile game has topped the charts with user-generated questions, but now players gripe of a glut

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Brad Linder / Liliputing: XO-Infinity is a modular laptop for students, picks up where OLPC left off  —  The One Laptop Per Child project introduced the idea of small, low-cost, low-power durable laptops that could be used by students around the world, with a special focus on developing markets.

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Fusion: How the JOBS Act, investor demand, and private securities markets allow Uber to stay private  —  How can Uber raise so much money without going public?  —  Yesterday, Uber announced that its latest round of venture capital financing will total $2.8 billion dollars.

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Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed: Uber must mature, but its victory over competitors and regulators seems certain in the US  —  It's Already Over And Uber Has Won  —  Money isn't everything, but it's certainly a useful metric for keeping score, especially when you're measuring it in the billions.

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