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December 27, 2014, 6:15 PM

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Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea blames U.S. for Internet outages, calls Obama a ‘monkey’  —  (Reuters) - North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama a “monkey” as it blamed Washington Saturday for Internet outages that it has experienced amid a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of the film studio Sony Pictures.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
North Korean Internet experienced a 5+ hour outage after its only wireless carrier went down  —  Internet Crashes in North Korea as 3G Networks Fail  —  Three days after an apparent denial-of-service attack halted its Internet connections, North Korea suffered another Internet outage …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Interview sees over 1.5M estimated torrent downloads in first two days of availability, comparable to popular blockbusters  —  The Interview Is A Pirate Hit With 200k Downloads (Updated)  —  Facing a “terrorist” threat theaters all around the U.S. backed away from showing The Interview last week.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
The Open Bay helps launch 372 ‘copies’ of The Pirate Bay in a week, becomes GitHub's most popular project  —  isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay.  The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Tor network flooded with new relays by Lizard Squad, group allegedly behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks  —  Hackers allegedly behind Xbox and PlayStation network shutdown set sights on Tor  —  The group that allegedly took down Microsoft and Sony's gaming networks now says it's set its sights on a new target.
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:
IRS demands Ballmer, other Microsoft leaders testify in corporate tax audit  —  The Internal Revenue Service has sued former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a slate of other former and current executives, seeking to compel them to testify in a long-running investigation into how the company's …
Paul Graham:
Immigration reform is crucial to keeping the US a tech superpower, as 95% of great programmers reside outside the US  —  Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In  —  American technology companies want the government to make immigration easier because they say they can't find enough programmers in the US.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon says 10M people tried Prime, 60% of customers shopped from a mobile device this holiday season  —  Amazon says 10 million new customers tried Prime over the holidays  —  Here's what everyone bought during the holiday shopping rush  —  Pushing the cost of Amazon Prime up to $99 annually …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Kodak-branded Android smartphone to launch in January at CES; tablet, camera, 4G handset will come later in year  —  Kodak is launching a line of Android smartphones in 2015  —  Kodak has announced that it's licensing its name to a range of mobile devices that make it easier to print and share images.
David Lerman / Bloomberg:
NSA reports show agency may have violated laws by unauthorized surveillance of Americans for over a decade  —  U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans  —  The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law …

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