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Flowboard Changes Its Name To FlowVella

Flowboard, maker of the interactive  presentation and storytelling software , has changed its company name to FlowVella , effective immediately. The product name will likewise change, but not its form or function. Alongside the new name and upgrade, the company is updating its mobile offerings and launching a new iPad app builder.

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AT&TVoice: Mobile Marketing: 4 Ways To Keep It Relevant

Timing is key.  Text messages and alerts are extremely personal and the most intrusive forms of digital marketing. It’s crucial to be certain you are sending messages and alerts at relevant times, or consumers will quickly cut you off. If your business is ecommerce or another industry with customers around the country, it’s important to be aware of customers’ time zones. You don’t want to wake someone with an ill-timed message.

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Jawbone’s nicest fitness tracker won’t be in homes for Christmas

It’s time to find an alternative Christmas present if you had your heart set on the UP3, the latest and greatest fitness tracker from Jawbone. The startup had implied holiday availability when it announced the $179.99 wristband tracker  in November, but now it’s now slated for an early 2015 release, according to  Wareable  and Bloomberg . Although Jawbone still has its moneymaking Jambox speakers– as well as the new entry-level UP Move — on shelves this month, missing the holiday season is never a good sign for a consumer product.

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Online privacy will still be a mess a decade from now, experts say

A little over half of the respondents said no to that question and a smaller number said yes — but even those who said yes were skeptical about how prevalent such an infrastructure would be, and how strongly individual users or citizens would adhere to it even if it did exist. As one respondent described it, “privacy is still a fluid concept,” with different users defining it in different ways — and that’s unlikely to change in the next decade. Here are some of the responses that stood out from the Pew Center’s report:

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Incredible Photos Make Nighttime Look Like Day

While taking his photographs, Almond keeps the shutter open for a quarter of an hour, letting his camera soak up the moonlight and reveal details of darkened scenes the human eye cannot usually see. "With long exposures, you can never see what you are shooting," Almond, who was nominated for the 2005 Turner Prize, says in the book. "But you are giving the landscape longer to express itself." This long exposure time means the mountains, rivers, meadows, and canyons are illuminated almost as in daybreak, but the silvery lunar light is cooler than the sun's, and lends the images a wistful, mystical air. Star lines are visible across the sky in his shot of El Capitan, a vertical rock formation at Yosemite National Park; ghostly mist shrouds tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean; a nocturnal rainbow appears in a fairytale-like shot of a waterfall in Brazil.

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isoHunt now lets anyone launch their own version of The Pirate Bay

In fact, The Pirate Bay recently said that if its site code wasn’t “so shitty,” the team would make it public “so that everyone could start their own bay.” isoHunt.to, the isoHunt of today which has no relation to the original isoHunt.com nor its staff, wants to do just that, although of course it’s offering its own code, not The Pirate Bay’s.

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Goliath strikes back: Google takes legal action against Mississippi State Attorney General

Google's counteroffensive isn't limited to Attorney General Hood. The company has also issued a document preservation notice to both the MPAA and the law firm Jenner & Block, asking them to retain documents related to the Goliath campaign and hinting at further legal action in the future. The result is a major campaign against a program that, until a week ago, no one outside of Hollywood studios knew about. It's just the kind of counteroffensive MPAA executives worried about in the initial email leaks, when they raised concerns over "what Goliath could do if it went on the attack." Now that the plans are public, it looks as if we're going to find out.

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Here’s why email newsletters can be so powerful — and valuable

In a world of virtual-reality headsets and Google Glass and responsive mobile websites, an email newsletter seems like the most antiquated technology since the buggy whip. It’s just words on a page! And don’t people hate email and want to kill it? They sure do — except when that email contains a list of the most important or interesting or relevant things they need to know, at which point it becomes more valuable than gold. And that alchemy is something worth thinking about.

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Apple under fire again for working conditions at Chinese factories

BBC investigation finds excessive hours and other problems persist despite promises to clean up act after Foxconn suicides

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Space-based solar power: the energy of the future?

The logistics of building a solar power station in space are formidable and one solution would be to create 'space tugboats' to ferry payloads from low to higher orbits. In this artist's concept, an electrically powered space tug equipped with a solar disk is used to bring materials from low earth orbit to geosynchronous earth orbit.

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Why Hearthstone is a Game of the Year Nominee - IGN Video

The IGN crew breaks down why they chose the card battler as one of 2014's Game of The Year Nominees.

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Microsoft brings Windows Phone carrier billing to China, India, Brazil, and Verizon in the U.S.

More specifically, Windows Phone carrier billing is launching today in China on China Mobile, in India on Idea, and in Brazil on Claro. Support is also arriving on Verizon in the U.S., meaning Microsoft has finally nailed the last major carrier in its home country (it already supports AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile). For the record, Google beat Microsoft to the punch when it comes to carrier billing on Verizon, but Apple still hasn’t struck a deal.

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Snapselect Pinpoints Similar Images in your Photo Library

Here’s the scenario: You take a lot of pictures and some are remarkably similar because you don’t take any chances of missing the precise shot you want.

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Instagram follower counts plummet after spam account removal

After Instagram made good on its promise to remove scores of spam accounts from its service, many users noticed that they lost large swathes of followers — from a handful to a few million. Saddeningly, many users are having trouble dealing with the loss and are in a row over the issue.

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Fast Company | Business + Innovation

The company wants to see a new kind of sustainable agriculture—seagriculture—to take off. "It tastes like chicken."

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Obama: the US 'will respond' to the North Korean attack on Sony

President Obama says that the United States will respond to North Korea over its cyberattack on Sony Pictures. He declined to say what that response will be, saying only that it will be "proportional." Obama said that a number of options are being worked up by his staff and that he will choose what to do based on what he feels is "appropriate to the nature of this crime."

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How North Korea Became A Hacking Superpower

On the Korean battlefield — which remains manned 60 years after the end of the shooting war that divided the Koreas — the North is indisputably outgunned and outmaneuvered. That fact has led Pyongyang to adopt a modified guerrilla warfare strategy. As the Pentagon described it in a May report to Congress: “North Korea uses small-scale attacks to gain psychological advantage in diplomacy and win limited political and economic concessions.”

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Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger

With this new round of funding, the company plans to accelerate the growth of FireChat and build partnerships with mobile app developers in key growth markets like India, Latin America and Asia. While Open Garden hasn’t officially launched an API for its networking technology yet, the company previously told me that it hopes other apps will use its technology in the long run — and the more apps use it, the better its offline coverage will get.

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Google goes to court for antitrust claims over Android apps

Google will try to persuade a federal judge in San Jose, California on Thursday that its Android agreements, which requires Samsung and other phone makers to include products like Google Search and Maps as default apps, are not anti-competitive.

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Behind the Scenes with Jamie and Adam's PSA - Tested.com

Will and Norm stop by M5 to chat with Jamie and Adam about their ebola awareness PSA video . Adam talks about the message they want to get across while Jamie gears up in the hazmat suit!

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CES 2015: Here's everything you need to know - CNET

Here's how it plays out: the world's biggest tech trade show opens to the public on January 6, but journalists and exhibitors arrive much, much earlier. We set up shop as early as January 2, ringing in the new year by reporting on every new product and every new idea from the first major tech meeting of the minds in 2015. We'll broadcast live from the CNET main stage in Las Vegas, bringing you analysis, panels, celebrities -- and all of it in plain English with a heaping side of live blogs. No number of head colds or snowstorms will stop us from delivering everything you need to know from the show.

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The 100: Eliza Taylor on How Clarke Will Change in the Wake of the Big Death - IGN

Taylor: This is huge. There’s nothing she can do to come back from this. She killed her love. But we are going to see her evolve into a real leader. I think that Finn’s death makes her shut off her heart and the only thing she knows how to do is focus on what comes next. But at the same time, she’s going to be really battling and moving forward. She’s always going to be right there.

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You're asking the wrong questions about Serial - CNET

Commentary: The super popular Serial podcast has concluded its first season, but was there a conclusion? Crave's Eric Mack draws a few, including some you probably haven't heard. Warning: spoilers.

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Texas plumber's truck somehow ends up in Syrian civil war

A picture posted on Twitter by the Supporters of the Religion Front — a faction engaged in the ongoing Syrian civil war — shows an enormous gun mounted to the back of a Ford F-250 decorated with the name and number of Mark-1, a plumbing operation in Texas City, Texas. Mark-1 is known better for unclogging toilets than fighting brutal, drawn-out conflicts in the Middle East.

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WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more

Update : This feature has technically existed since the release of WordPress 3.2, but the old version required hitting a button to enter the mode, which lasts only for a single writing session. This new version has a persistent button, and the mode doesn’t mean you enter a new screen, but it instead fades away the left admin, the metaboxes to the right and below, while the editor itself remains as opposed to offering a modified editor like before.

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Ringly: Bling for ladies who never hear their phones ring

For anyone who has ever missed a phone call because her phone is buried in her bag, or who is sick of checking for texts at the table, Ringly is for you. The connected jewelry combines fashion and technology in a statement ring that costs between $195 and $260 and will let you get your phone calls, notifications or texts while your phone stays in your bag.

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VIDEO PRESENTATION: Groceries Are The Biggest Untapped Opportunity For E-Commerce

The grocery industry hasn't innovated much in the past 90 years, but that's finally starting to change. Tech companies are now aggressively pursuing the $600-billion-a-year food and beverage market and trying to bring more grocery sales online.

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Apple Raised Over $20 Million For AIDS Research By Covering The App Store In Red

"I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million — our biggest ever — bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million. The money we’ve raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It’s a cause we can all be proud to support."

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Amazon launches Prime Now, a one-hour delivery service kicking off in Manhattan

Interestingly, Prime Now is available for most of the day, starting at 6 a.m. and closing at midnight, seven days a week. The one-hour delivery slot will set Prime members back $7.99, so you’ll probably want to order more than a packet of paper towels, but there is also a two-hour delivery window that won’t cost you a penny.

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Volvo starts over from scratch, will replace entire line by 2018

Volvo has had a busy year, first releasing its all new Drive-E engine family, and going on to unveil its most important car of the decade: the new XC90. However, ask the folks at Volvo, and they will say the company is just getting started. The reason for this bold statement is that by the beginning of 2018 the newly-unveiled XC90 will be the oldest car the company sells.

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Todoist Arrives on Android Wear

Although the basic functionality here doesn’t necessarily exceed what you can already do with Todoist on your phone, the Android Wear support is convenient for a simple reason: you don’t have to pull out your phone when you’re busy. And when it comes to productivity, anything that makes getting things done easier with fewer distractions is a welcome change.

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The Massive Boom In Advertising On Social Networks Will Create New Winners And Losers In Digital

The Massive Boom In Advertising On Social Networks Will Create New Winners And Losers In Digital

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This Chris Pratt 'Jurassic World' tweet will give you so many feels

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow tweeted out an image Wednesday of Chris Pratt posing next to a velociraptor — both looking like the greatest friends the world have ever seen.

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Breaking news, sports, video | Boston.com

Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood in federal court in Boston this morning for a brief pretrial hearing, which was punctuated by a woman’s outburst in Russian and English.

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No theaters, no VOD for 'The Interview'

No 'Interview' ... on any platform Multiple theater chains have pulled The Interview after hackers posted a message threatening a "9/11" style attack on theaters that screened the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1AE8EEF

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Samsung BusinessVoice: How Tech Will Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home (Or Better)

Now, Samsung and other providers are currently working with hotels on technology to let guests display their content on the big screen through their mobile devices. In the wireless Internet age, guests increasingly expect a personalized experience abroad as well as at home. That can be tough on hotels, as rapid changes in technology make it difficult and expensive for them to adapt. A few years ago, hotels equipped themselves to handle two mobile devices per guest. Now, guests may have three or more, and just when they thought they had needs covered, hotels have to build more robust networks. Guests who used to email data files now want to download movies, which puts a heavier burden on hotels’ Internet connections.

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Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of the world's most unpredictable and isolated countries.

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Samsung's ChatOn service will shut down next year -- but not in the US (update)

After denying reports that its ChatOn service was close to being disbanded on a region-by-region basis, Samsung has announced in Korea that it's going away. According to Yonhap News , Samsung's statement said it will close up shop on February 1st. It's not immediately clear whether or not that will hold across all regions, but Samsung went on to state that users would be able to back up their data before the shutdown. The company blamed "changing market conditions" for the change, but seems that despite a claimed 100 million strong user base, people weren't really using the software preloaded on so many smartphones .

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Amazon Launches Prime Now One-Hour Deliveries

Amazon is throwing its hat into increasingly busy the same-day delivery ring today with the launch of Prime Now . It’s starting small though. The service is only available in ‘select areas’ of Manhattan and covers ‘essential daily items’ like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries.

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Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In Europe And Asia, U.S. Launch Coming Later

At launch, Plex for PlayStation is limited to Plex Pass subscribers only, meaning you’ll have to have one of the company’s paid memberships to participate. If you do, however, you’ll be able to connect to your Plex Media Server, and stream video content from that source in either 720p, 1080i or 1080p resolution. Metadata, casting information, release dates and summaries are also automatically appended to all your stored shows and movies.

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NES classic Duck Hunt is coming to the Wii U on Christmas Day

There are few better ways to spend the holidays than by shooting birds — so it's only natural that Nintendo is bringing its classic Duck Hunt to the Wii U on December 25th. The game will be available through the Virtual Console service starting on Christmas Day, and you'll be able to use a Wii remote in place of the iconic orange-and-grey NES Zapper light gun that worked with the original. It should make a great compliment to new Wii U releases like Super Smash Bros. and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker . No word on the price, though NES games typically sell for $4.99 through the Virtual Console, which is a small price to pay for reliving a classic — just remember that this is a straight port of the original, so you still can't shoot the dog.

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The BlackBerry Classic is an explicit appeal to nostalgia

BlackBerry  officially launched the BlackBerry Classic at an event in New York’s financial district on Wednesday. It’s the first new BlackBerry device since 2011 to actually resemble what most people think of when they think “BlackBerry”: A QWERTY keyboard-equipped phone with physical navigation keys, including a touch trackpad.

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10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

A BBC investigation accused Apple of sourcing tin from illegal mines, Google is developing an in-car version of Android, and George Clooney failed to unite Hollywood against hackers.

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How "Serial" Could Bring Big Money To Podcasts (Finally!)

Podcasts are having a moment. Here's how they can attract bigger audiences—and advertisers.

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LAST DAY: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too

– A + Exclusive LAST DAY: Free Apple TV and the lowest prices anywhere on every MacBook + AppleCare bundle (save $200-$800); iMacs & Mac Pros too By AppleInsider Staff Monday, December 15, 2014, 09:45 am PT (12:45 pm ET) 5 Days Only: To round out our 2014 run of holiday exclusives, we've again teamed up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV to every customer who purchases a new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, non-Retina iMac, or Mac Pro bundled with AppleCare (and also at the lowest prices anywhere). For the next 5 days, Adorama and AppleInsider are teaming up to offer around 200 specially priced Mac + AppleCare bundles that — in addition to discounts on the Macs themselves — also include steep discounts on the bundled 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan (free with Mac Pros) and a free Apple TV thrown in to boot. Adorama also only collects sales tax on orders that ship to NY and NJ, which sweetens the offer for most domestic shoppers. This deal expires for good on Friday, Dec.

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The Secret World of Stolen Smartphones, Where Business Is Booming | WIRED

In late May of 2012, a damaged package split open at a FedEx facility in Rancho Cordova, California, spilling dozens of boxed iPhones across the shipping room floor. A worker there contacted Apple, which, with the help of corporate security at Verizon, confirmed what FedEx personnel already suspected: The devices were contraband, likely bound for the black market.

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Google Maps now lets you tour Street View in virtual reality

Google turned its attention to virtual reality earlier this year with the  launch of its Cardboard do-it-yourself VR viewer , and now it’s bringing functionality to Google Maps to support it. A new "easter egg" in Google Maps for Android allows Cardboard owners to activate VR in Street View and tour around cities worldwide. It’s enabled after you double-tap the navigation circle in the lower right of the Google Maps app which then activates the side-by-side VR view.

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Apple goes to war with the BBC - Telegraph

Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations made by BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers

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IGN Live Presents: Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta - IGN

Good news everyone! On Friday, December 19 at 1pm PT/4pm ET, 9pm GMT/7am AEST (on 12/20), IGN will have early access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta (hey, that's tomorrow!), and we'll be playing the heck out of it – live. Join IGN's foremost Halo fans and experts, Ryan McCaffrey, Mitch Dyer, and Alfredo Diaz as we dive into all the maps and game modes the initial release of the beta has to offer. We'll also answer your questions live on Twitter (use the hashtag #Halo5). So be sure to bookmark this page!

51 Here's The Full FBI Statement Calling Out North Korea For The Sony Hack
52 Meet the unofficial U.S. Ambassador to Cuba: The internet
53 Apple CEO Tim Cook Sent This Inspiring Memo To Employees For The Holidays
54 The Weird and Wonderful Critters That Basically Rule Earth | WIRED
55 EFF in Court to Argue NSA Data Collection from Internet Backbone Is Unconstitutional
56 IGN on Twitter
57 Photoluminescent resin makes this wooden table look like something out of Tron
58 Food Startup Hampton Creek Raises $90 Million Led by Horizons, Khosla
59 Uber driver in Boston area faces rape charges
60 Internet Explorer 'browser ballot' ends, takes market share with it - CNET
61 The Most Epic Twitter Failures From Brands And Celebrities
62 Judge rules against media requests for Steve Jobs video deposition
63 16 Perfect Presents for People Who Work Out of Coffee Shops | WIRED
64 It may not feel like it, but the media has never been so accurate
65 IBM says cloud business enjoying breakthrough year
66 Teens continue to flee Facebook, study shows - CNET
67 Steve Carell Movie Cancelled Following Sony Hack - IGN
68 Indie gems: The 15 best PC games you may have missed in 2014
69 A Smartphone Case for Selfie Lovers
70 Apple’s Behind-The-Scenes For ‘The Song’ Reveals A Mix Of Old And New Tools
71 Microsoft opens the doors to Sway, its newest Office software
72 Reminder: Steam Holiday Sale starts today at 1 p.m. Eastern
73 India’s Micromax Introduces ‘Yu’ Phone to Compete With Xiaomi’s ‘Mi’
74 Hoverboards and hobbits: 10 geek events of 2014 that rocked our nerdy world - CNET
75 Swifter, Not Safer: Bloodborne trades Dark Souls' creep for speed
76 Into the Woods Review - IGN
77 Funding Daily: Today’s tech funding news, in one place
78 These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon's Hyperloop | WIRED
79 Top Five Theater Circuits Drop 'The Interview' After Sony Hack
80 Ending The Invisibility Of Homelessness
81 Flickr Removes Creative Commons Images From Its Wall Art Program Following Backlash
82 Snapchat CEO 'devastated' by email leak in Sony hack - CNET
83 Local app developer Hyper IQ acquired by BuzzFeed
84 Easily Charge Your Lightning-Compatible Devices From Across The Room + Free Shipping
85 The best gaming PCs and hardware of 2014
86 Twitter Cofounder Ev Williams: Following The News Is 'Psychologically Harmful' For You
87 U.S. investigators link North Korea to Sony hacking: sources
88 Decrypt This: OS security showdown
89 Uber Strikes Deal With Portland to Suspend Service for Three Months
90 Serial's Transformation of Audio Journalism Is Just Beginning | WIRED
91 American Horror Story: Freak Show - "Orphans" Review - IGN
92 Destiny hot fix tweaks Crota's End raid drops
93 Uber plans tighter screening for drivers
94 Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access
95 TAYLOR SWIFT: Other Musicians Thanked Me For Going To War With Spotify
96 T-Mobile will refund up to $90 million for mistakenly billing customers
97 Can Vimeo build a big business without selling out? - Small Empires Ep. 10
98 The Top 25 Simpsons Episodes - IGN
99 BlackBerry squeaks out quarterly profit - CNET
100 Why Uber Needs Baidu