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December 15, 2014, 8:25 AM

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Sony hackers offer to withhold posting emails from specific employees if they write in and ask  —  Sony Hackers Offer to Withhold Stolen Data From Promised Leak  —  A group claiming responsibility for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday offered …
Matthew Bennett / The Spain Report:
Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association Now Asks Government To Help Stop Google News Closure  —  NEWS: AEDE announces it wants the Spanish government and EU competition authorities to stop Google closing Google News: “to protect the rights of citizens and businesses”.
Om Malik:
Why I'm excited about photos, the visual web, computer vision and the far reaching impact of visual sensors  —  On visual web, a photo is worth more than a 1000 words  —  Photos, photos and more photos!  Photos are the atomic unit of social platforms.  Photos and visuals are the common language of the Internet.
Evan Ackerman / IEEE Spectrum:
iRobot Announces Create 2: An Updated, Hackable Roomba  —  Building and maintaining robots is one of the biggest obstacles in robotics research: when you're spending all of your time just figuring out how to get a robot to work and then keeping it working, you end up spending none of your time teaching that robot to do anything useful.
Gordon Mah Ung / PC World:
Alienware Alpha Review: A shockingly good tiny PC and console complement  —  AT A GLANCE  —  Hardware has a shelf life like a gallon of milk.  If it sits on the store shelf too long, it ends up getting poured down the drain.  —  That's ultimately the ugly story behind Alienware's Alpha game console.
Zac Bowden / WinBeta:
Consumer-focused Windows 10 build 9901 leaks with Cortana integration, numerous app and feature updates  —  First Look at an early version of the Windows 10 Consumer Preview (video)  —  Microsoft is yet to announce any consumer features which will be available in Windows 10 …
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Workflow lets you easily chain together and automate hundreds of actions across iOS apps  —  Workflow pushes the limits of how powerful iOS can be  —  A new app called Workflow aims to close the divide between the power of OS X and the convenience of iOS.
M.G. Siegler / Medium:
As tweeting screenshots of text goes mainstream, maybe it's time for Twitter to officially support posting of longer text snippets  —  Hacking The Tweet Stream  —  With pictures of text.  Weird, I know.  —  The single greatest strength of Twitter has always been its simplicity.
TechRadar.com:
Google says Play Store will still sell Nexus 5 through Q1 2015, amid reports production halted  —  Nexus 5 sales are limited right now, but will continue into early 2015  —  UPDATED Nexus 6's little buddy hangs on into next year … Update: Google in the US has reached out to clarify …

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