1. Hackers released an enormous cache of 13,000 passwords and credit cards
     Published by Daily Dot on 2014-12-27 at 03:43:59

If you use Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Amazon, Walmart, or Hulu, you'll want to read this.

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2. Tech industry’s high-flying 2014
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-27 at 21:21:28

The tech industry had a banner year in 2014, with sky-high valuations and acquisitions, but there's also been plenty of controversy. Here are the biggest stories from the year.

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3. Confused by new no-contract plans? You’re not alone
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-27 at 18:30:02

Wireless contracts and device subsidies will soon go the way of the dinosaur. CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains how to navigate the changing mobile landscape.

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4. North Korea blames US for internet outage, calls Obama a reckless ‘monkey’
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-27 at 21:11:49

North Korea believes it is being punished for a crime it did not commit. KCNA, the North's state-run media outlet, has published an official statement from an unidentified spokesperson that accuses the US of shutting down the country's internet...

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5. The NSA chose Christmas to detail 12 years of accidental spying
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-27 at 00:53:00

The NSA's idea of a Christmas present, it seems, is to release multiple reports detailing 12 years of improper conduct. The heavily redacted accounts reveal many incidents of misuse (both accidental and intentional) of the NSA's Signal Intelligence (...

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7. Mathematicians find a cheaper, slower way to get to Mars
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-27 at 04:23:00

Getting to Mars is never going to be cheap. But a couple of mathematicians have figured out how to shave some significant bucks off the price tag. Rather than fly to the red planet when its orbit brings it closest, the craft will "meet" it on the way...

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8. Hackers behind PlayStation Network, Xbox Live disruption reportedly targeting Tor
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-27 at 07:21:00

Lizard Squad, the merry band of hackers that claimed responsibility for taking Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network offline for Christmas, appears to have a new target: Tor. Reports of an attack on the network, which offers online anonymity, appeare...

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10. How to Add Google Play to the Amazon Fire Phone (video)
     Published by The Digital Reader on 2014-12-27 at 03:38:58

Amazon's first smartphone hasn't proven terribly popular, but that doesn't mean it's a bad phone. With a 4.7" screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 13MP camera, and 32GB of storage onboard, it's not a bad phone if you can pick it up for the $...

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11. Richard’s favorite Android apps of 2014
     Published by Android Central on 2014-12-27 at 01:19:55

What I've been using the most this past year We're coming to the end of another fantastic 12 months in the Android world, and as is often the case the end of the year brings about a retrospective look at what has been before. That's true of each of the A...

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13. How a Portuguese City Turned Its Buses and Taxis Into Wi-Fi Hotspots 
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-27 at 02:30:00

In Porto, Portugal, picking up a free Wi-Fi signal is as simple as hopping into a bus or taxi. The city recently launched a Wi-Fi program that serves 70,000 people a month by offering free internet connections in more than 600 buses and taxis. Read more....

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14. Best of the rest of 2014: Destiny, the most interesting game of the year
     Published by Polygon on 2014-12-27 at 02:30:01

Every year, the Polygon staff chooses 10 excellent games to award our Game of the Year honors, but that means some games we love don't quite make the cut. This year we've decided to run a series of opinion pieces by members of the Polygon staff...

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16. Russia Building World’s Largest Collection of DNA, Called ‘Noah’s Ark’
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-27 at 19:30:00

The New Cold War is about to live up to its name a bit more literally. Researchers in Russia want to build the world's largest repository for DNA, storing the genetic material of every creature on Earth, both living and extinct.Read more...

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17. Home for the holidays, and for a 20-year-old issue of PC Magazine
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-27 at 00:51:16

When I'm home for the holidays, one of my most beloved traditions involves sifting through my time capsule of a bedroom, where decades of PC Magazines, PC Worlds, Windows Magazines, and Visual Basic Programmer's Journals collect dust. These wer...

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19. Kim Dotcom takes credit for ending PSN, Xbox Live outage
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-27 at 06:01:26

The controversial tech entrepreneur offers hackers vouchers for his own Mega service in exchange for restoring services. It appears to have worked.

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20. Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ shows tragic side of software’s shortcomings
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-27 at 14:59:00

Facebook's automated 'year in review' slideshows are meant to surface highlights from the year that was, but for some the virtual scrapbook simply brings back bad memories. In the case of web designer Eric Meyer, a photo of his recently deceased daug...

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