December 26, 2014, 5:25 PM

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Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
Xbox Live is back, but PlayStation Network is still down after Christmas outage for which Lizard Squad claimed responsibility  —  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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Tor network flooded with new relays by Lizard Squad, group allegedly behind Xbox Live and PSN attacks, potentially threatening users' anonymity  —  Hackers allegedly behind Xbox and PlayStation network shutdown set sights on Tor  —  The group that allegedly took down Microsoft …
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 sees over 750K estimated torrent downloads in first 20 hours of availability; release of film exclusively in 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 and 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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
The Open Bay helps launch 372 ‘copies’ of The Pirate Bay in a week, becomes GitHub's most popular project  —  isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay.  The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon says 10 million new customers tried Prime over the holidays  —  Here's what everyone bought during the holiday shopping rush  —  Pushing the cost of Amazon Prime up to $99 annually hasn't done much to hurt the subscription service; Amazon today announced that 10 million new customers used …
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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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 …
Paul Graham:
Immigration reform is crucial to keeping the US a tech superpower, as 95% of great programmers reside outside the US  —  Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In  —  American technology companies want the government to make immigration easier because they say they can't find enough programmers in the US.
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 …
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