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December 22, 2014, 8:30 AM

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Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
I work at Sony Pictures.  This is what it was like after we got hacked.  —  An employee* in the Los Angeles office of Sony Pictures Entertainment SNE opened up to Fortune about the personal ordeal they went through following revelations of North Korea's alleged cyber attack on the company.
Reuters:
China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony  —  (Reuters) - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said.
Guardian:
Obama says Sony hack was an act of cybervandalism, not war, considers putting North Korea back on state sponsors of terrorism list  —  Obama: North Korea hack on Sony Pictures was not an act of war  — President tells CNN North Korea may go back on state terror list
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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Coin, Wocket, Plastc: The all-in-one cards trying to sprint ahead of Apple Pay  —  Right now the United States is entering a transition period when it comes to how we buy things.  Magnetic stripe cards have become easy targets for massive fraud in the US, and major credit card issuers …
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Lyft says drivers can make $35/hour, but reporter who drove Lyft for a week earned $10.50/hour  —  Lyft says its drivers can make $35 an hour.  I spent a week driving to see if that's true.  —  My first day as a Lyft driver wasn't going well.  After dropping off a passenger in Arlington …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google still surfaces news in search results in Spain after shutting down its News site  —  How Google News Lives On In Spain Despite Being Closed  —  Did Google News really close in Spain?  If you consider Google News to be the ability to browse stories by topic, especially from a dedicated home page, yes.
Caleb Garling / Matter:
After TaskRabbit's abrupt pivot this summer, workers and employers remain angry and frustrated  —  Hunting Task Wabbits  —  Everybody's crazy mad with TaskRabbit—but the startup that launched the sharing economy really doesn't want to talk about its troubles.  —  Animations by Justin Cassano
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole), with her glaring incompetence and ridiculously laughable antics.
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Darren Orf / Gizmodo:
Skype Translator hands-on: fairly accurate speech recognition, but translation needs work  —  Skype Translator Hands-On: Close But No Babel Fish  —  When Skype announced its real-time translation program back in May, most of us seized on the sci-fi-ness off it all—Star Trek's universal translator, Babel fish, etc.
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Owen Thomas / ReadWrite:
Starbucks won't adopt Square Order when Square Wallet is retired, ending mobile-payments deal  —  Starbucks To Square: It's Over  —  You won't be able to pay for that latte with Square.  —  Starbucks will soon no longer take Square's mobile payments in its stores, unwinding a key aspect …

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Igloo:
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