December 9, 2014, 7:40 AM

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Greg Miller / Wired:
How the Google Maps team refines their maps with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor  —  The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind the Accuracy of Google Maps  —  Inside Atlas, Google's map-editing program, operators can see where Street View cameras have captured images (colored dots), and zoom in with a spyglass tool.
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Portland files lawsuit against Uber, asks company to stop operating illegally … The Uber vs. Portland showdown continues to progress, with the city filing a lawsuit on Monday afternoon against the transportation startup.  —  As we reported earlier today, Portland regulators spent …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Linux rootkit spyware has targeted governments, pharmaceutical companies in over 45 countries for years  —  Powerful, highly stealthy Linux trojan may have infected victims for years  —  Researchers have uncovered an extremely stealthy trojan for Linux systems that attackers have been using …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube offers some of its stars bonuses to post exclusively to the service for a limited time before posting to rivals  —  YouTube Offering Its Stars Bonuses  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube unit is racing to lock up its top stars as rival online video services court them aggressively.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Version 1.0 of VLC for Android exits beta, fixes lots of Lollipop bugs  —  VLC (Video LAN Client) has long been one of the choice media players for Android users, but—while every release has been basically stable—the company hasn't been in any rush to push the app out of beta and on to version 1.0.
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Hands on: How Android 5.0 will soon keep your Chromebook unlocked  —  One of the most intriguing features of Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop OS is one we've yet to see surface: the ability to have your Android phone act as a wireless key for your Chromebook and automatically keep it unlocked when the devices are together.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New variation of POODLE TLS attack is easier to execute, with 10% of websites vulnerable  —  Meaner POODLE bug that bypasses TLS crypto bites 10 percent of websites  —  Some of the world's leading websites—including those owned or operated by Bank of America, VMware …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Brings Graph Search To Mobile And Lets You Find Feed Posts By Keyword  —  Facebook is finally getting serious about search.  Today it's challenging Google for finding answers and Twitter for checking real-time chatter with the launch of keyword search.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Hackers responsible for Sony breach demand the “movie of terrorism” be pulled, likely referring to “The Interview”  —  Sony Pictures attackers demand: “Stop the terrorist film!”  —  New data dump on SPE execs along with a helping of malware.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
YouTube Boss Susan Wojcicki Joins Board  —  Susan Wojcicki, a Google veteran and currently the head of Google's YouTube business, has joined's board of directors, the company said on Monday.  The move happened last Friday.  —  Wojcicki has been with YouTube …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google releases Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its IDE  —  After two years of development, Google today released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable version of its Integrated Development Environment (IDE) aimed at Android developers.  You can download it right now for Windows …

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