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December 20, 2014, 11:05 PM

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BBC:
North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses  —  North Korea seeks join probe with US on Sony hack  —  North Korea has offered to hold a joint inquiry with the United States into a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures …
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi closing funding round topping $1B led by All-Stars Investment, valuing the company at $45B  —  The ‘Apple Of China’ Raises Over $1 Billion, Valuation Skyrockets To More Than $45 Billion  —  Xiaomi has reportedly raised more than $1 billion in its latest round of funding …
Steven Tweedie / Business Insider:
Ex-Apple engineer launches Duet Display, which turns iPads into second displays for Macs, uses wired connector to avoid lag, available now for $9.99  —  This Ex-Apple Engineer's New App Turns Your iPad Into A Second Display For Your Mac  —  Duet Display is an app designed to get you some extra use out of your iPad.
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Writer whose post helped kick off #HasJustineLandedYet mob recounts meeting and apologizing to Justine Sacco, reflects on his own fumble with Twitter irony  —  Justine Sacco Is Good at Her Job, and How I Came To Peace With Her  —  The internet is a mountain, and if you climb that mountain …
Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:
Google+ adds auto enhancement feature for videos  —  Google Plus's Auto Awesome feature has been improving its users' images for a while now, and we've seen different updates related to it roll out over the months.  Back in December of last year, Google added its year-in-review videos …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As ‘Non-Secure’  —  Back in August, we noted that Google had started adjusting its search algorithm to give a slight boost to sites that are encrypted.  That is, all else equal, sites that use HTTPS will get a slight ranking boost.

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