December 2, 2014, 3:15 PM

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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
FBI warns US businesses of possible cyberattacks in wake of Sony Pictures breach  —  Exclusive: FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
A look at North Korea's cyberwar army, as more reports point to it as culprit in Sony hack  —  Here's What We Know About North Korea's Cyberwar Army  —  It is still not definitively known if the hacking attack that brought the computer network belonging to Sony Pictures to its knees was carried out on behalf of North Korea or not.
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
Android 5.0 Lollipop review: general performance finally matches iOS, Material Design is a step forward  —  The Android 5.0 Lollipop Review  —  Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year.  At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android Auto.
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter improves tools for reporting abuse and harassment by simplifying reporting process, expanding blocking features; more improvements coming soon  —  Twitter releases improved tools for reporting abuse and harassment  —  The company has been criticized for weak responses to violent threats
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, And Twitter's War For App Install Ads  —  An unexpected consequence of our love of apps is that now there's just too damn many of them.  The app stores are overcrowded, leaving developers desperate for a way to get their games and utilities discovered.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple going to trial this week for decade old iTunes DRM lawsuit, faces potential $350M in damages  —  Star Witness in Apple Suit Is Steve Jobs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Three years after his death, Steve Jobs is very much a presence in courtrooms across the country.  —  And that's not necessarily good news for Apple.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Stripe raises $70M, doubling in valuation to $3.5B, adds Thrive Capital to previous investors  —  Payments Startup Stripe Raises $70 Million at $3.5 Billion Valuation  —  Stripe, a payments startup that in the past year landed partnerships with Apple, Twitter and Facebook …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Amazon Echo speaker review: uneven sound quality, voice control a mere novelty, no iOS integration  —  Amazon Echo talks the talk, but still needs a little work on walking the walk  —  The Good The Amazon Echo is an attractively designed speaker and its voice-control system …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon's Bezos: Yes, there's a CEO succession plan, but it's a secret  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is speaking right now with Business Insider co-founder Henry Blodget at the site's IGNITION conference in New York City, addressing topics including Amazon's culture, its recently resolved battle with Hachette …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Santa Tracker 2014: Google takes on Microsoft and NORAD again  —  In 2012, Microsoft partnered with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to track Santa, leaving the previous partner, Google, out in the cold.  Since then, the two tech companies have been dueling every year.
Katie Collins /
Intel unveils ACAT open-source communication system for Stephen Hawking that doubles typing rate using SwiftKey technology  —  Stephen Hawking's new speech system is free and open-source  —  Intel has today unveiled a new open-source communication system created especially for Professor Stephen Hawking …

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