1. Apple’s holiday ad delivers a beautiful song from the heart
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-15 at 04:59:14

For the holidays, Cupertino could have shouted from the rooftops. Instead, it delivers a beautifully understated homage to a girl, her grandmother and music.

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2. This spectacular home is at peace with the California desert
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-15 at 03:56:02

The Desert House is simply a stunning example of architecture as art. Located in picturesque Joshua Tree — right in Southern California's High Desert — the home is at a comfortable equilibrium with its barren desert environment. The structure is ...

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3. BuzzFeed is killing it, and its older rivals are rattled
     Published by QZ on 2014-12-15 at 00:30:56

It’s no secret that BuzzFeed is on a roll. The website once known primarily for amassing enormous amounts of traffic through listicles and cat videos, has been breaking huge stories and winning prestigious awards for its journalism, not to mention a...

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4. The Pirate Bay Shutdown Hasn’t Slowed Piracy At All
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-15 at 05:28:00

Nature abhors a vacuum. Aristotle said that. Of course, he was talking about how nature has a tendency to fill empty spaces with stuff. In a way, the internet also abhors a vacuum, and the "downfall" of The Pirate Bay is just the latest example...

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5. Spanish publishers want Google News to come back
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-15 at 04:18:00

Spain's old-school media clearly has a more complicated relationship with the internet than it first thought. Mere hours after Google shut down its News service in the country to avoid a law that will make it pay for article results, the Spanish News...

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7. Uber has an army of at least 161 lobbyists and they’re crushing regulators
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-15 at 01:25:38

Just four years after launching in San Francisco, Uber has propagated across the world and could be worth as much as $40 billion. Part of that success — and what Uber makes headlines for — comes from its ruthless playbook to frustrate the...

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8. Got a Leafblower? Then You’ve Got a Hoverboard
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-15 at 00:00:00

Hoverboards. The endlessly promised future technology, made popular by the equally fictional Marty McFly, is such an obsession with tinkerers and armchair futurists, you'd think it represented the pinnacle of human civilization. Read more...

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9. How Sound Engineers Made the Millennium Falcon’s Most Iconic Noise
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-15 at 00:45:00

The Millennium Falcon is the king of cool when it comes to classic sci-fi spaceships. The vessel is a kitbashed masterpiece and a bold image that screams Star Wars. It's also a "piece of junk," a "bucket of bolts," and constant headac...

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10. 12 Santas who scared the living daylights out of babies
     Published by Daily Dot on 2014-12-15 at 03:53:16

We get you, little ones.

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11. PlayStation Plus gave you $1,349 in ‘free’ games this year
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-15 at 06:31:00

It won't surprise you to hear that your PlayStation Plus subscription provides a healthy amount of gaming goodness for $50 per year, but have you ever crunched the numbers to see just how much you're getting? Push Square has. According to its calcula...

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12. How One of the Internet’s Most Memorable Logos Was Created
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-15 at 04:30:00

Welcome to Reading List, a brief tour of some of the wonderful tech reads around the web. Online vigilantism, government hacking, and a brief history lesson on the early internet are just a few great reads in store. Indulge in a lazy Sunday, at least for...

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13. Green Building Technology You’ll Never See But Can Experience Now
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-15 at 00:30:47

 Picture an office that cleans up after itself, improves indoor air quality with nanotech-formulated paint, and responds to sunlight by magically adjusting window tint, all while fighting climate change. Then imagine entering your workspace to find y...

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14. Judge says reporter can’t get public records about cops’ “stingray” use
     Published by ARS Technica on 2014-12-15 at 05:50:36

Meanwhile, Norwegian authorities investigate ongoing phone snooping around Oslo.

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15. Unicorns Vs. Dragons
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-15 at 04:30:48

 Everywhere I look I see a unicorn. The trouble is, I’m starting to see the dark side of the unicorn: Venture capitalists and the limited partners who back them are simply on a quest to acquire unicorn logos. Read More

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16. Homejoy Says It Will “Pause” Operations In Canada
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-15 at 02:12:20

 Home cleaning startup Homejoy plans to halt operations in Canada within a couple of weeks, though the company says this is only temporary.
We were recently tipped off about the move, and a spokesperson confirmed it, saying that Homejoy will be focus...

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17. You’ve never hated anything as much as this cat hates its human
     Published by Daily Dot on 2014-12-15 at 01:57:11

Some people just aren't meant to be cat people.

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18. Eric Garner protest gains a powerful new voice in Samuel L. Jackson
     Published by Daily Dot on 2014-12-15 at 02:48:14

He wants this hard-hitting song to spread.

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19. ‘The Love Of Sports’ Wants To Connect Mobile Sportsball Lovers
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-15 at 04:27:04

 TechCrunch recently sat down with Avery D’Alessandro to pick over his mobile app, ‘The Love of Sports.’ The application, recently launched, wants to connect sports fans on the go. Its premise is that if you are the social sort of ...

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20. Car Buying Platform Carwow Secures £4.6M Series A To Step On The Gas
     Published by Tech Crunch on 2014-12-15 at 05:30:00

 Just ten months after disclosing a £1.3 million seed round, UK car buying platform Carwow has made another fundraising pitstop. The London-based company has raised a £4.6 million Series A round, led by Balderton Capital, with participation from Ep...

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