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December 24, 2014, 5:55 PM

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
The Interview now available to rent for $5.99 or purchase for $14.99 through YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com  —  Where To Watch ‘The Interview’ Online Right Now  —  Sony will release “The Interview” online Wednesday, the company announced.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Experts Are Still Divided on Whether North Korea Is Behind Sony Attack  —  Security cameras stand across the street on Culver Boulevard from the Sony Pictures Studios' water tank in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  Damian Dovarganes/AP  —  The FBI announcement last week …
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung shutters flagship London store amid falling sales  —  Closing down a marquee location in one of Europe's biggest malls  —  What are Samsung Experience Stores?  Why, they're a dying species, if the latest development in Samsung's efforts to establish its own retail empire are any indication.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
NFL to post game highlights and other video clips on Facebook with Verizon Wireless ads, share ad revenues with Facebook  —  Facebook Scores NFL Video Clips With Ads From Verizon  —  Facebook has scored a big partner as it ramps up its online video ambitions: the National Football League.
Sam Kim / Bloomberg:
Uber CEO Indicted in South Korea Over Its Taxi Service  —  Prosecutors in South Korea charged Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick and the head of its domestic business partner MK Korea Co. with violating a transportation law.  —  San Francisco-based Uber …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook bringing playlists, featured videos, YouTube-inspired layout to videos tab on Pages  —  Facebook Challenges YouTube Channels With New Features For Pages  —  Twitter's not the only one Facebook is battling for control of news and content distribution.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Google and Microsoft join wireless trade group in opposing hotel industry's FCC petition to allow blocking personal WiFi hotspots  —  Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott's Wi-Fi Blocking Plan  —  Microsoft and Google don't agree on much, but they've presented a united front …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Secretly Settled With Hotfile for $4 Million, Not $80 Million  —  It's been nearly a year since Hotfile was defeated by the MPAA, resulting in a hefty $80 million dollar settlement.  —  While the public agreement left room for the file-hosting service to continue its operations …
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Ireland wants US to use treaty to access Microsoft held emails  —  “Respect Irish sovereignty,” Ireland has told a court that is hearing a dispute over access for U.S. law enforcement to email communications held by Microsoft in Dublin.  —  “Ireland respectfully asserts that foreign courts …
Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
PlayStation Now debuting on non-Sony devices in 2015, beginning with select Samsung Smart TVs  —  PlayStation Now Coming to Non-Sony Devices In 2015  —  Streaming service will be available on “select” Samsung Smart TVs in first half of 2015.  —  Right now, Sony's game-streaming service PlayStation …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 in Italy for Failing to Prevent Fake Reviews  — TripAdvisor, the travel review website, just got a bad comment from the Italian competition authorities.  The American company, which allows travelers to rate hotels and restaurants around the world …

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