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December 18, 2014, 7:45 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 …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
State-sponsored or not, Sony Pictures malware “bomb” used slapdash code  —  According to multiple reports, unnamed government officials have said that the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was linked to the North Korean government.  The Wall Street Journal reports that investigators suspect …
Dave McNary / Variety:
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google concerned by reports that MPAA is secretly working with studios to resurrect SOPA  —  The MPAA's Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General  —  We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber Strikes Deal With Portland to Suspend Service for Three Months  —  Uber reached an agreement with Portland to suspend operations in the city for three months while regulators work to revise rules around taxis that currently prohibit ridesharing apps.  —  The city agreed to let Uber …
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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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
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches “Store Visits” Metric In AdWords, To Help Prove Online-To-Offline Impact  —  It's been well known that Google has been working on a solution to tie clicks on search ads back to in-store traffic and sales as part of Estimated Total Conversions in AdWords.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Flickr ends the sale of Creative Commons licensed photos through Wall Art service, apologizes, will issue refunds  —  Flickr kills sale of Creative Commons prints, issues refunds  —  Flickr has abruptly ended a service that allowed people to buy canvas or wood prints based on pictures …

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