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December 31, 2015, 2:10 PM

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Scott Charney / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft now notifies users if it believes their accounts were targeted by a state-sponsored hacker  —  Additional steps to help keep your personal information secure  —  We're committed to helping our users keep their personal information secure and private.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Former Microsoft employees say company failed to alert Hotmail users in 2011 that their accounts were hacked by Chinese authorities  —  Microsoft failed to warn victims of Chinese email hack: former employees  —  Microsoft Corp experts concluded several years ago that Chinese authorities …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Twitter is reversing its ban on political watchdog Politwoops  —  Four months after being banned by Twitter, Politwoops is coming back.  —  If you're not familiar with it, Politwoops is a kind of social media watchdog.  It automatically monitors the Twitter feeds of politicians and highlights whenever they delete a tweet.
BBC:
Sources: BBC websites hit by DDoS attack, services disrupted for several hours  —  Web attack knocks BBC websites offline  —  All the BBC's websites were unavailable early on Thursday morning because of a large web attack.  —  The problems began about 0700 GMT and meant visitors …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
AT&T to stop offering two-year phone contracts on January 8, moving to up-front purchase of new phones or AT&T Next financing plans  —  AT&T to ditch most two-year phone contracts on January 8th  —  AT&T's long affair with the two-year contract seems to be coming to a close, Engadget has learned.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Valve Apologizes For Steam's Christmas Malfunction, Says It Affected 34,000 Users  —  Valve has finally apologized for last week's Steam Christmas disaster, explaining in a lengthy statement today that the issues stemmed from a Denial of Service attack and wound up exposing the information of around 34,000 users.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42  —  Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup's technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away.  He was 42.
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber announces it completed its one billionth trip on Christmas Eve in London  —  Uber just completed its billionth trip  —  By most measures, Uber has had a pretty good year: numerous political victories, new product launches, and scary amounts of cash raised.  And the hits keep coming.
Om Malik / New Yorker:
In Silicon Valley Now, It's Almost Always Winner Takes All  —  In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was “early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.”
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp goes down for some on New Year's Eve  —  WhatsApp isn't working today for some users.  We first spotted the problems at 9:58 a.m. Pacific — we couldn't send messages for a good few minutes.  They went through eventually, but the outage seems to be impacting certain regions more than others …

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