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December 17, 2014, 10:50 PM

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New York Times:
U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking  —  WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures's computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy  —  A poster for the movie “The Interview” is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta.  Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel …
Hugh Langley / TechRadar:
Netflix: offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’  —  Well damn … For some time now, services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD have offered the ability to download shows for offline viewing, yet Netflix hasn't  —  And despite the pleas of the masses (or maybe it's just us) …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In Europe And Asia, U.S. Launch Coming Later  —  The one puzzle piece I needed to complete my Ultimate Home Theater setup has finally arrived: Plex is available for PlayStation 4 and PS3 in the U.K, Europe and Asia, with an app live in the PlayStation Store.
Shane Dingman / Globe and Mail:
BlackBerry Classic review: old-fashioned phone that won't please traditionalists or new users  —  Review: BlackBerry Classic is a trip back in time  —  The BlackBerry Classic is a curmudgeonly phone.  —  That's not entirely pejorative: a curmudgeon can be a beloved figure with a kind of …
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Purch, owner of Tom's Hardware and Laptop Magazine, acquires AnandTech months after founder Anand Shimpi leaves for Apple  —  Purch Acquires AnandTech, Dominates Tech Expert and Enthusiast Market  —  Leading content and commerce company adds respected mobile, computing, and IT reviews site to its brand portfolio
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
21st Century Fox to Acquire Ad Tech Firm TrueX for $200 Million  —  21st Century Fox Inc. has agreed to acquire the online advertising technology company TrueX Media, people familiar with the matter said.  —  21st Century Fox is paying a sum approaching $200 million for TrueX, said a person familiar with the deal.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Judge rules videotaped Steve Jobs deposition to remain out of public eye  —  After successfully defending a long-running antitrust case related to the iPod and iTunes ecosystem, Apple on Wednesday won a separate fight to keep videotaped deposition from late company cofounder Steve Jobs sealed.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Facebook is testing an official way to sell goods in Groups  —  A new feature that's appeared for some Facebook users allows them to sell goods using a new “Sell Something” option when posting to a group.  —  The new selling option appears alongside the normal “Write Post” …
Reuters:
Uber faces tough rivals, regulatory glare in China  —  (Reuters) - Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc.

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