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December 7, 2014, 1:55 PM

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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea denies hacking Sony but calls the breach a ‘righteous deed’  —  TOKYO — North Korea has denied hacking Sony Pictures' computer systems in retaliation for its movie “The Interview,” which revolves around a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Google study finds 56.1% of display ad impressions it served never appeared on screen  —  5 Viewability Findings From Google  —  Online marketers are increasingly opting to pay only for “viewable” ad impressions — those that actually display on users' screens, rather than ones that appear …
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Secret struggles after clamping down on bullying; CEO teases dramatic revamp coming next week  —  What's happening with Secret?  —  Secret, the anonymous messaging app that captured the attention of Silicon Valley in the months after its January launch, is struggling.
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
FCC: smartphone theft a problem with 3.1M stolen in 2013, but new security measures helped  —  59% of robberies in San Francisco involve the theft of a smartphone  —  Thefts involving smartphones are on the rise according to a new FCC study.  In 2013, 3.1 million Americans had their smartphones stolen.
Vauhini Vara / New Yorker:
Freedom House report: Internet freedom declined in 36 of 65 countries studied this year  —  The World Cracks Down on the Internet  —  In September of last year, Chinese authorities announced an unorthodox standard to help them decide whether to punish people for posting online comments that are false …
Zack Whittaker / Fortune:
A look at possible outcomes between EU Commission and Google; splitting off search unlikely  —  Could Europe really break up Google?  A look at what's possible—and likely  —  Europe's elected elite want to break up Google.  The technology giant, known for its web search engine but offering …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
IBM's Watson Analytics enters public beta  —  Summary:IBM has made it cognitive analytics package more widely available.  —  IBM has launched the public beta of Watson Analytics, its set of cloud-based predictive and analytics tools.  —  The move to public beta for Watson Analytics …
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
DeviantArt launching first official iPhone and Android apps, reveals new logo and website revamp  —  With Its New App, DeviantArt Finally Has A Mobile Place For Those 65 Million Monthly Visitors  —  With 65 million unique visitors a month sharing, exploring, and discussing artwork of all sorts …

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