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December 18, 2014, 6:10 PM

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Richard Bilton / BBC:
BBC investigation finds Apple repeatedly not meeting its supply chain standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers  —  Apple ‘failing to protect Chinese factory workers’  —  The undercover reporter filmed workers falling asleep on 12-hour shifts
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Sony Pictures' internal systems still haven't fully recovered, forcing some employees to work with decades-old tech  —  Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”  —  It's been different for everyone," she said.  She was upbeat, optimistic …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Secret is relaunching as a faster anonymous social network with chat  —  Talk to any of Secret's 15 million users in just two taps  —  When Secret launched in February, it quickly became the most talked-about new social network in Silicon Valley.  Like other '"anonymish" social networks …
Katie Benner / Bloomberg View:
Jawbone delays UP3 fitness band release until after holidays, offers discounts to preorderers  —  Jawbone's Missing Christmas  —  If you wonder how long the market can support richly valued startups, and what sorts of corporate stress might test investor enthusiasm, look no further than Jawbone …
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Amazon launches Prime Now for Prime subscribers in New York City: one hour delivery of select items costs $7.99, two hour delivery is free  —  Amazon brings one-hour delivery to New York City with Prime Now  —  Service rolls out in select areas of Manhattan today, with other cities coming in 2015
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
EyeEm Launches Open Edits, Letting You See How Pros Edit Their Photos  —  Photosharing startup EyeEm has launched version 5.0 of their mobile app on iOS and Android, bringing a slew of changes to their editing system that make it easier to get your photos looking like the shots curated from professionals.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Critical vulnerabilities in SS7 telephony protocol found; tested techniques can decrypt cell phone calls and texts  —  German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.  —  German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers …
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Longtime Internet Explorer leader Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft  —  Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft.  And yes, of course, there is an IE shirt associated with this milestone, too.  The longtime Internet Explorer leader, who led the efforts to modernize and revitalize Microsoft's web browser …
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
WordPress 4.1 arrives with new default theme, distraction-free writing mode, Vine embeds, and more  —  WordPress.org today launched WordPress 4.1, which adds a slew of new features to help you “focus on your writing” with the blog management tool.  You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (6.4MB).
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
US telcos can operate in Cuba as part of new reform, White House says  —  As part of a surprise move to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, the White House announced that it would be “initiating new efforts” to help the island nation access the Internet.

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