1. China freezes out Gmail, anti-censor group says
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-29 at 22:14:10

The world's largest e-mail service has been almost entirely blocked months after China began efforts to eradicate it, according to GreatFire.org.

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2. Twitter login bug kicks users out (update: resolved)
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-29 at 07:13:00

Did your Twitter app suddenly give you the boot or otherwise behave strangely? It's not just you. The social network has confirmed a sign-in problem that's kicking out hordes of users (so far, mostly on Android) and preventing them from logging back ...

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3. Ahead of the curve: Samsung, LG and the bendable phone
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-29 at 18:30:04

Flexible and foldable smartphones may be years away, but Samsung and LG are laying the groundwork today.

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4. Quake running on an oscilloscope is the ultimate demake
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-29 at 20:26:12

Programmer Pekka Väänänen has rendered a playable version of the classic first-person shooter Quake on an oscilloscope. Video game demakes — adaptations or ports that recreate a game in art styles or on hardware from before their time —...

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6. Pinterest to Unveil Early Results From Promoted Pins, as It Looks to Ramp Up Advertising
     Published by Recode on 2014-12-29 at 05:51:11

Pinterest is also unveiling the "Pinstitute," an effort to share best practices for promoting brands on the site.

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7. Kim Dotcom’s Mega to launch browser-based encrypted video call and chat service ‘soon’
     Published by Venture Beat on 2014-12-29 at 11:00:39

Kim Dotcom wants to launch a Skype competitor.

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8. Microsoft reportedly working on brand new web browser for Windows 10
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-29 at 21:54:15

Microsoft is said to be at work on an all new web browser, codenamed Spartan, that could officially move the company away from Internet Explorer upon the launch of Windows 10. ZDNet reports that the new app is not Internet Explorer 12, the nex...

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9. Russia lets anyone use Earth-sensing data from its civilian satellites
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-29 at 11:10:00

The US government has been willing to loosen its grip on satellite data, but what about the info from other countries? Don't worry, that's opening up as well. Russia has declared that the Earth-sensing data it collects from civilian satellites is now...

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10. You only need a camera (and luck) to copy someone’s fingerprints
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-29 at 14:36:00

Forget having to lift smudges from a touchscreen to copy someone's fingerprints. According to a Chaos Computer Club presentation, you only need a camera... well, that and a little luck. The hacking association's Jan Krissler recently demonstrated tha...

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11. Take a look at polaroids from the set of Star Wars IV: A New Hope
     Published by The Verge on 2014-12-29 at 22:15:20

With enough time, the most ordinary objects can become extraordinary. These polaroids, on display through January 4th, 2015 at the British Film Institute Southbank as part of an exhibition of materials from the set of Star Wars Episode IV: A Ne...

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12. ‘Game of Thrones’ crowned as ‘most pirated’ show for third-year running
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-29 at 19:39:00

Interactive apps, multiple theme-tune remixes, constant recommendations, memes or trans-Atlantic and server-collapsing debuts are but mild indicators of Game of Thrones' public success. What's the real measure of a show's popularity? It's how many pe...

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13. ‘The Interview’ is already Sony’s most popular online movie to date
     Published by Endgadget on 2014-12-29 at 05:05:00

There was a ton of hoopla about Sony releasing The Interview through internet services before it even hit theaters, but how much did this not-entirely-intentional experiment in online distribution pan out? Quite well, if you ask Sony. It just reveale...

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14. The XKCD Phone 2: Every Feature You Never Needed
     Published by Gizmodo on 2014-12-29 at 16:15:00

Randal Munroe's first phone design was good
 , but your second hand no doubt feels... empty. Fortunately, there's now a another design for you to imagine using.Read more...

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15. Why I’m Betting on a Yahoo-CNN Marriage
     Published by The Information on 2014-12-29 at 20:31:58

Next year will mark the 15th anniversary of the AOL-Time Warner merger, a deal infamous for destroying shareholder value.

But 15 years is also a long time and enough for many of the lessons from the debacle to be overwhelmed by a genuine belief that this...

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16. The Most Innovative Cars of the Year
     Published by Wired on 2014-12-29 at 17:15:47

The supercars, city cars, and people-haulers, that did the most to advance the way we drive in 2014. 
The post The Most Innovative Cars of the Year appeared first on WIRED.

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17. Apple begins offering ‘The Interview’ on iTunes
     Published by CNet on 2014-12-29 at 17:59:00

The controversial movie at the center of the Sony hack debuts in the US on iTunes four days after release on other video platforms.

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18. NSA Waited Until Christmas Eve To Release Details Of Its Illegal Surveillance On Americans
     Published by Tech Dirt on 2014-12-29 at 19:23:00

One of the recurring storylines from NSA defenders is that there's been "no abuse" of the surveillance programs. Except, that's not true. Leaked and released documents have shown thousands of examples of abuse including failed audits and minimal accountab...

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