December 26, 2014, 12:55 PM

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Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
Xbox Live is back, but PlayStation Network is still down after Lizard Squad takes credit for Christmas outage  —  PlayStation and Xbox's networks are still recovering from a Christmas Day outage  —  Revelers opening brand-new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One video game consoles on Christmas …
David Lerman / Bloomberg:
NSA reports show agency may have violated laws by unauthorized surveillance of Americans for over a decade  —  U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans  —  The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Interview is a pirate hit with over 750K estimated torrent downloads; restricted availability outside the US a possible driving factor  —  The Interview Is A Pirate Hit With 200k Downloads (Updated)  —  Facing a “terrorist” threat theaters all around the U.S. backed away from showing The Interview last week.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Eric Meyer / Thoughts From Eric:
Facebook's Year in Review suggestions may in some cases be inadvertently tactless, hurtful  —  Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty  —  I didn't go looking for grief this afternoon, but it found me anyway, and I have designers and programmers to thank for it.  In this case, the designers and programmers are somewhere at Facebook.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Withings Activité review: too expensive for mass market at $450, but will appeal to watch enthusiasts  —  Withings Activité Fitness Tracking Watch Review  —  Wearable tech has seemed on a fairly straightforward path throughout the course of its initial development …
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Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Huawei's low cost Honor smartphone unit sales up to 20M from 1M in one year after replicating Xiaomi's online strategy  —  Huawei's smartphone sales shoot up after copying Xiaomi's online strategy  —  (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand …
More: Android AuthorityTweets: @elliotfogg
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IBM: mobile made up 34.8% of total Christmas Day online sales, an increase of 20.4% YoY; iOS accounted for 27%, nearly 4x Android  —  IBM: Christmas online sales up 8.3%, iOS numbers nearly quadruple Android's  —  Christmas is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Judge denies Facebook's request to dismiss class action lawsuit over private message scanning to target ads  —  Suit over Facebook's practice of scanning users' messages to go forward  —  Company's TOC “does not establish that users consented” to the practice, court rules.
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.
Robin Sinha / NDTV Gadgets:
Mozilla and Japan's KDDI launch Fx0, the first Firefox OS phone with 4G LTE, NFC; made by LG, costs about $420  —  LG Fx0 Firefox OS 2.0 Smartphone With Transparent Body Launched  —  LG, Mozilla and KDDI have launched Japan's first Firefox OS smartphone, the Fx0, which will go on sale Thursday.

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