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January 17, 2016, 11:40 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Uber won't face limits on surge pricing under NYC Council legislation; Mayor de Blasio releases $2M study saying Uber isn't to blame for worsening congestion  —  Uber Won't Face Limits on Surge Pricing Under NYC Council Legislation  —  The package of bills regarding the taxi …
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Hacking collective Ghost Security Group says ISIS created its own encrypted messaging app  —  ISIS Has Built A Secure Messaging App  —  Facebook and other big tech companies aren't the only ones who can create apps for encrypted communication.  —  Middle East  —  / - ISIS
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Sources: Fab co-founder Bradford Shellhammer's shopping site, Bezar is running out of money just 10 months after launch  —  Fab Co-Founder's Shopping Site, Bezar, Is Running Out of Money  —  About 10 months after Bezar launched as a reincarnation of Fab.com, the shopping site appears close to going out of business.
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Truly wireless $300 earbuds from Bragi and Earin are available now, but suffer from bluetooth connectivity issues and poor sound quality  —  Review: Truly Wireless Headphones Arrive, But With a Few Strings Attached  —  Bragi Dash and Earin earbuds may usher in an era of ‘hearable’ computers, but they're also works in progress
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Steve Ragan / CSO:
LastPass web design elements can enable a hard-to-detect phishing attack; company says it has released an update that mitigates most of the risks  —  ShmooCon: LastPass design elements create perfect Phishing opportunity  —  “There's a cool hacker technique called right click, inspect element...”
Kareem Anderson / WinBeta:
Windows Phone's Word Flow keyboard is coming to ‘other platforms’ starting with iOS  —  Piece by piece it looks like the Windows Phone experience is being ported to iOS and Android.  Some Windows Insiders are being asked to participate in testing the Windows Phone Word Flow keyboard on iPhones.
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Alexa can now read Kindle books aloud from an Amazon Echo for free  —  You won't get the tone of a professional voice actor, but Alexa can read your Kindle books aloud: Best of all, there's no charge.  —  With so much recent focus on using an Amazon Echo to control smart home devices …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft updates support policy: new CPUs will require Windows 10, a list of preferred devices will support older Windows versions, but only for 18 months  —  Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10  —  In a change to its longstanding support policy …

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