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December 21, 2014, 8:55 PM

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New York Times:
Obama administration seeks China's help in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks  —  U.S. Asks China to Help Rein In Korean Hackers  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has sought China's help in recent days in blocking North Korea's ability to launch cyberattacks …
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Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Lyft says drivers can make $35/hour, but reporter who drove Lyft for a week earned $10.50/hour  —  Lyft says its drivers can make $35 an hour.  I spent a week driving to see if that's true.  —  My first day as a Lyft driver wasn't going well.  After dropping off a passenger in Arlington …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Tracking the 20 most popular web sites since 1996: only AOL, Yahoo, and Google have been #1  —  From Lycos to Ask Jeeves to Facebook: Tracking the 20 most popular web sites every year since 1996  —  Our goal is not to confuse or alarm you, but we must, as agents of the news media, speak the truth.
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Caleb Garling / Matter:
After TaskRabbit's abrupt pivot this summer, workers and employers remain angry and frustrated  —  Hunting Task Wabbits  —  Everybody's crazy mad with TaskRabbit—but the startup that launched the sharing economy really doesn't want to talk about its troubles.  —  Animations by Justin Cassano
Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:
Starbucks won't adopt Square Order when Square Wallet is retired, ending mobile-payments deal  —  Starbucks To Square: It's Over  —  You won't be able to pay for that latte with Square.  —  Starbucks will soon no longer take Square's mobile payments in its stores, unwinding a key aspect …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:NEW
Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store  —  Photo messaging service disables unofficial API to increase security  —  Microsoft has removed a host of third-party Snapchat alternatives from its Windows Phone store after the photo messaging service indicated …
Zoho:
Have you found the right contact management tool yet?  —  Can you use an axe to prune roses, or a hacksaw to chop veggies?  —  They may get the job done, but is either of them the right tool for the job?  —  A sales automation tool can manage your contacts, but is it the right tool for the job?
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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
After demand from Russian regulator, Facebook blocks a page calling for protest in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny  —  Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic  —  MOSCOW — In a sign of new limits on Facebook's ability to serve as a platform …
Tanaya Macheel / CoinDesk:
NY regulator outlines new, less strict BitLicense draft, final version expected in January  —  Lawsky Outlines Revisions to New York's BitLicense in DC Speech  —  Ben Lawsky announced the latest revisions to the draft BitLicense today in Washington, DC, announcing a host of changes in response …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
FV-5 camera app takes advantage of Android Lollipop to allow Nexus 5 and 6 to shoot RAW photos  —  How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos  —  Programmers have begun unlocking a new feature in Google's new Lollipop mobile OS: the ability to shoot photos in raw format, which adds new flexibility in image quality.

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Zoho:
Have you found the right contact management tool yet?  —  Can you use an axe to prune roses, or a hacksaw to chop veggies?  —  They may get the job done, but is either of them the right tool for the job?
Igloo:
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