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February 9, 2015, 9:45 AM

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sling TV opens the floodgates, accepts sign-ups without invites  —  Credit: Janko Roettgers / Gigaom  —  Credit: Janko Roettgers / Gigaom  —  Sling TV, the online TV streaming service from Dish Networks, is now available to everyone: The service ended its invitation-only soft launch late Sunday night …
Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Samsung's SmartTV privacy policy warns that spoken personal or sensitive information captured by voice recognition may be transmitted to a third party  —  Your Samsung SmartTV Is Spying on You, Basically  —  You may be loving your new Internet-connected television and its convenient voice-command feature …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Odysee, An App For Private Photo/Video Backup And Sharing, Team Joins Google+  —  Google may be adding more offline and private sharing features to its Google+ Photos service soon.  It has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that let users automatically back up photos …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
VPNs increasingly used to circumvent geo restrictions, access content on sites like Netflix  —  VPNs Dissolve National Boundaries Online, for Work and Movie-Watching  —  Rod Drury, an entrepreneur in Auckland, New Zealand, regularly visits the United States.  Sometimes there are multiple visits a day.
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
The FCC isn't afraid of AT&T's legal threats over net neutrality  —  Lawyers dissect AT&T's claim that broadband can't be a common carrier service.  —  AT&T will probably be one of the first companies to file a lawsuit if the Federal Communications Commission follows through on a plan to impose stricter rules on broadband.
Steve LeVine / Quartz:
Profile of John B. Goodenough, who invented the lithium-ion battery and is now trying to build a powerful new super-battery  —  The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92  —  AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor …
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Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
How Slack makes sure the work conversations of 365K people stay private  —  How a start-up got 365,000 people to trust it with their office secrets  —  It was Anne Toth's first week at Slack, and she already had a crisis on her hands.  “TeamNameGate,” she now calls the episode.
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China's Alibaba to invest $590 million in smartphone maker Meizu  —  Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said in a statement on Monday it will buy a minority stake in domestic smartphone maker Meizu Technology Co for $590 million.  Alibaba didn't disclose how much of the privately owned handset maker it will acquire.
Daniela Velázquez / Fast Company:
In Kansas City, Google Fiber penetrates wealthier neighborhoods, but digital divide remains  —  Lessons From Google's First Rollout Of Google Fiber  —  Three summers ago, it was everywhere: An old-fashioned ice cream truck with peppy, electronic music blaring from its speakers.
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