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December 22, 2014, 11:20 AM

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Coin, Wocket, Plastc: The all-in-one cards trying to sprint ahead of Apple Pay  —  Right now the United States is entering a transition period when it comes to how we buy things.  Magnetic stripe cards have become easy targets for massive fraud in the US, and major credit card issuers …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google still surfaces news in search results in Spain after shutting down its News site  —  How Google News Lives On In Spain Despite Being Closed  —  Did Google News really close in Spain?  If you consider Google News to be the ability to browse stories by topic, especially from a dedicated home page, yes.
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 …
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Darren Orf / Gizmodo:
Skype Translator hands-on: fairly accurate speech recognition, but translation needs work  —  Skype Translator Hands-On: Close But No Babel Fish  —  When Skype announced its real-time translation program back in May, most of us seized on the sci-fi-ness off it all—Star Trek's universal translator, Babel fish, etc.
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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

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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:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …

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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post: