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As if Sony didn’t already have enough on its plate with hackers issuing terrorist threats to theaters set to screen its latest film, the company is now facing a class action lawsuit brought to courts by former employees whose personal information has been made public, reports GigaOm. The suit was filed on Monday in a Los Angeles federal court and seeks compensation for more than 15,000 current and former Sony Pictures employees whose names, addresses and social security numbers have been leaked by hackers. The lead plaintiffs in the case are former employees Michael Corona and Christine Mathis, who have… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last month, Rocket Internet-backed food delivery service Foodpanda made a set of acquisitions in India and Mexico. Now it’s made another series of purchases in Central Eastern Europe. In Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, the company has taken over Donesi.com and will merge operations under the Donesi brand.  In Croatia, its acquired Pauza.hr, which will continue to operate under its own brand. Finally, Foodpanda has acquired NetPincer.hu in Hungary which has been operating since 1999 and works with over 550 restaurants across that country. ➤ Foodpanda Thumbnail image credit: Shutterstock

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Wonder how the rest of the world feels at this time of day? A new browser-based clock shows you the time by displaying tweets that mention the current hour and minute. Designed by Dutch interactive media studio Moniker, All The Minutes counts down the day with tweets that resize to take up your entire browser window – perfect for a second monitor or an otherwise idle TV screen. As it turns out, a lot of people are sleepy just before 4pm. And at 4:30pm. People sleep a lot. ➤ All The Minutes Don’t miss this color-based clock, too

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Sony has unveiled a new clip-on display unit that will attach to the frame of any eyewear and transform it into a pair of smart glasses in the mode of Google Glass. The accessory incorporates a control board with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi along with a compass, accelerometer and touch sensors. It’s powered by an ARM Cortex-A7 processor and shows information via a 640×400 OLED micro-display. As with Google Glass, the display hovers in front of your eye. Sony says it’ll offer a field of view equivalent to a 16 inch display placed 2 meters in front of you. The whole… This story continues at The Next Web

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Brandwatch, the British social media monitoring firm, has acquired PeerIndex, the London-based social analytics firm, for an undisclosed amount. PeerIndex CEO, Azeem Azar, says the company’s technology will be woven in to Brandwatch’s existing social analytics platform and his team will be “developing a new stealth product which marries content marketing and influence together.” ➤ PeerIndex is Joining Brandwatch [PeerIndex]  

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A new feature that’s appeared for some Facebook users allows them to sell goods using a new “Sell Something” option when posting to a group. The new selling option appears alongside the normal “Write Post” button on some Facebook groups and asks the user to share what’s for sale, the price, a description of the item, pictures and pick up/delivery options. Once you share the post, it formats the details nicely and others can comment with offers or discussion like a normal post would allow. The new feature appears to be an attempt to bring order to groups made with the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If Interstellar infected you with a renewed passion for space, the PocketQube Kit could be the thing for you. Developed by a Glasgow-based startup, it includes all the components needed to build a micro-satellite. PocketQube satellites are 5cm cubes that hold the record for being the smallest spacecraft to be successfully launched into and operated in orbit. They were first proposed by Professor Bob Twiggs of Morehead State University as a means of tackling the cost of launching satellites for university groups on a tight budget. There are currently four PocketQubes in orbit after a successful launch on a Russian… This story continues at The Next Web

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India certainly isn’t making it easy for consumers to get their hands on trending smartphones. The Delhi High Court has just issued an order that bans Chinese device manufacturer OnePlus from importing, marketing and selling its flagship device in the country, reports UnleashThePhones. The news comes, sadly enough, on OnePlus’ first anniversary. Domestic brand Micromax complained to the High Court in the capital, that OnePlus was infringing on their country-specific exclusivity agreement with Cyanogen, whose OS will feature on Micromax’s YU brand of devices, which is slated to launch tomorrow. Micromax says they had “incurred major expenses for creation of… This story continues at The Next Web

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Lift, the habit-forming app that wants to help you create new habits, has released a major overhaul today that will help you achieve your “giant goals.” The new Lift now offers one-on-one personal coaching that connects users with real people to get results in addition to the app’s original crowd-sourced advice. Now, users can sign up for coaches who help them with their goals on a daily basis. Goals can be anything from fitness and workouts, to getting on top of emails regularly or writing daily. Coaches message those enrolled in their programs via the Lift app to check in, encourage… This story continues at The Next Web

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While Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and the new YouTube Music Key get all the press,  the Google Music Play service is actually pretty cool and today, it just got a bit better for listeners in the UK. TechCrunch reports that the comapny is bringing its Songza concierge playlists to the UK. Google, which purchased Songza in July, launched the feature in the US in October. The feature lets you start typing activities like working out or relaxing, and a playlist will be generated for you. You listen to playlists based on time of day, mood and activity. Plus, there are also human-curated stations. Like all songs… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook might be still figuring out how to build a dislike button, but today it’s launched sticker search so you can find the best reaction for your conversation. Spotted by the Wall Street Journal, the new feature allows you to search for any emotion you’d like to find the best sticker reaction. When words escape you, stickers will be there for you. This might seem like a small feature — and it is fairly small — but with Facebook’s huge library of stickers, search will help some of the more obscure stickers will get more exposure. To search for stickers, simply jump… This story continues at The Next Web

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One of the nice things about most streaming services is the ability to download songs and albums to your mobile device for when your out of range of a network, like on a plane, hiking in the wilderness or in any building in a large city. Today, it looked like Rdio might be taking that feature away. First noticed by Chris Messina (well probably noticed by others, but we saw his tweet first), the Rdio for Mac app was updated today with a curious release note: “Removed the Downloads window as Download functionality has been disabled.” For anyone that uses Rdio,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft has announced that it’s putting local Xbox Live data centers in Australia and New Zealand so gamers can enjoy faster online gaming. The company said in a press release that because it’ll be hosting Xbox Live in Australian data centers, Xbox One players will enjoy faster connection speeds, centralized local hosting and improved reliability on “certain Xbox One games” with further support coming soon. Xbox gamers in the southern hemisphere have previously needed to connect to overseas sources to get games and play online, so the news is great for those who have seen slow speeds and drop outs previously.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Here’s a question straight out of left field: What hexidecimal color corresponds with the current time of day? Frankly, the concept of matching time to hex color had never occurred to me until today, when I witnessed a dynamic rendition of this clever idea, as pictured above. Of course, this example does not span the entire color spectrum because of the nature of hex colors, which are represented by a positional numeral system in base 16 as opposed to base 10, and therefore substitute letters for numbers at various points. Thus, the colors represented by letter-number combinations are not included in the… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google is continuing its march toward better integrating Google Drive into Gmail. As of today, you can now send files directly from Google Drive as Gmail attachments. Previously, users were compelled to share files as links. That’s handy and all, but there’s just one problem – if you delete the files from your Drive, your recipients would no longer have access to them. As attachments, those files are instead stored on your recipient’s Gmail account. To send your non-Google files on Drive, just click on “Insert as Attachment” option – handy when you want to make sure those files won’t be lost to… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s take on cloud storage, Google Drive, is getting a bit more powerful for mobile users today – an update is bringing new features for Android and iOS users. Now, you can search for your Drive files directly from the Google App. This includes the ability to use Google Now’s voice commands to search for documents quickly on the go. For iOS users, you can finally add items to your Drive by uploading them from apps outside of the primary Drive app. Finally, both versions of the app now support the recently announced custom My Maps feature in Google Drive. The update is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Pebble owners that also happen to own an Android phone should do a little dance about now. The smartwatch now supports Android Wear. Updated today, the beta version of the Pebble app for Android supports Android Wear notifications and you can interact with those notifications just like on one of those fancy new Android smartwatches. The beta is open to everyone willing to sign up to the beta testing group. The update brings all the expected Android Wear features to the watch. For example, as shown in the video below, you can reply to a Google Hangouts message with emoji. So there… This story continues at The Next Web

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After being forced to stop its sales operations in India due patent disputes with Ericsson, Xiaomi has now resumed selling its phones in the country. Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra made the announcement through his Facebook page. A new ruling by the Delhi High Court allows Xiaomi to resume sales under unspecified terms. Barra notes the Redmi 1S begins sales again next week, and the company’s Redmi Note will also start selling soon, with a 4G model now in tow. ➤ Hugo Barra [Facebook]

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Robots are better at basically everything, right? Facebook seems to think so and has a new feature released today that automatically enhances the photos you upload to the social network. Most people need help with their photos, so Facebook’s new tool automatically improves a photo’s brightness and attempts to make it look clearer without any input from you. Facebook is so sure that you’ll prefer its enhancements that you’ll need to tap the wand every time you start to post a photo to stop the network from “improving” your images if you don’t like them. It doesn’t look like there’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. This time, it’s apps. There aren’t enough mobile games out there that encourage you to play with friends in real life, but Spaceteam stands out as the perfect mobile game for the holiday season. Spaceteam is a co-operative party game in which you and your friends try to keep a spaceship from combusting by shouting gobbledygook commands at each another. The game is for up to four players who connect over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and each player is shown a set of controls from a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’s two-factor authentication app for iOS got a big update today that brings Material Design to the app for the first time, along with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus support. The app update features an overhauled design, bringing it in line with Google’s other Material Design style apps on iOS. It also now shows which website generated a verification code (a feature that was sorely missing before) and fully supports Apple’s new iPhones. Users can also provide anonymous feedback to Google via a link in the app. Authenticator now separates the two-factor code into two groups of three numbers for… This story continues at The Next Web

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With Gmail being so universally popular, it’s no surprise there are some malicious pieces of software that try to interfere with the platform. To help prevent this from happening, Gmail is now adding support for Content Security Policy (CSP). CSP is meant to stop malicious extensions from loading suspicious code that may mess with your Gmail session or jeopardize your email’s security. Google notes that this has happened with Chrome extensions in particular, and hence suggests you install the latest updates to your extensions on the Chrome Web Store to keep yourself safe. Most of the popular extensions have been updated… This story continues at The Next Web

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A report from Bloomberg today says that Apple has taken its Russian online store offline due to “extreme” fluctuations in the Ruble. The Apple store page in Russia shows the “we’ll be back” message at time of writing. Apple said that the “online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing.” Russia’s currency has been fluctuating wildly in the past few days, losing as much as 19 percent today alone as the country increases its interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 in an attempt to stop the crisis. Apple routinely reviews currencies to ensure the pricing is… This story continues at The Next Web

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Web developers all know the pain of choosing a library or framework for their next tool. There’s a million libraries out there and it’s hard to know which one is the choice of the moment. A new tool called Libscore, which is backed by Stripe and DigitalOcean, was announced today that hopes to make it easier for Web developers to pick a library. Libscore scans the top 1 million websites to collect information on Javascript library usage. Developers are able to use the tool to quickly find out the top libraries or scripts on the Web, which helps them make informed decisions. It… This story continues at The Next Web

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When you start pinning every single photo you like on the internet onto Pinterest, things can get a little messy. Users have long requested the ability to move multiple pins from one board to another on the platform, and starting today you can finally do just that. In order to move the pins, all you need to do is go to one of your boards on the Web, click on ‘Move Pins,’ select up to 50 pins and then choose the board you want to move them to. Additionally, you can also copy pins if you think they’re relevant on… This story continues at The Next Web

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