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December 22, 2014, 12:25 PM

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Reuters:
South Korean nuclear plant hacked, government says no risk to reactors, but experts concerned  —  South Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, raising alarm  —  (Reuters) - Computer systems at South Korea's nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Coin, Wocket, Plastc: The all-in-one cards trying to sprint ahead of Apple Pay  —  Right now the United States is entering a transition period when it comes to how we buy things.  Magnetic stripe cards have become easy targets for massive fraud in the US, and major credit card issuers …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google still surfaces news in search results in Spain after shutting down its News site  —  How Google News Lives On In Spain Despite Being Closed  —  Did Google News really close in Spain?  If you consider Google News to be the ability to browse stories by topic, especially from a dedicated home page, yes.
Caleb Garling / Matter:
After TaskRabbit's abrupt pivot this summer, workers and employers remain angry and frustrated  —  Hunting Task Wabbits  —  Everybody's crazy mad with TaskRabbit—but the startup that launched the sharing economy really doesn't want to talk about its troubles.  —  Animations by Justin Cassano
Steven Sinofsky / Re/code:
Steven Sinofsky predicts tablet resurgence, big enterprise challenges in 2015; sees 4K, beacons, payments, and more as technologies to watch  —  Forecast: Workplace Trends, Choices and Technologies for 2015  —  What's in store for 2015 when it comes to technology advances in the workplace?
Darren Orf / Gizmodo:
Skype Translator hands-on: fairly accurate speech recognition, but translation needs work  —  Skype Translator Hands-On: Close But No Babel Fish  —  When Skype announced its real-time translation program back in May, most of us seized on the sci-fi-ness off it all—Star Trek's universal translator, Babel fish, etc.
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon to FCC: You can't stop Netflix-like interconnection payments  —  Verizon told the Federal Communications Commission yesterday that it has no right to regulate paid interconnection deals like the ones Netflix struck with Verizon and other Internet providers.

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