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December 29, 2014, 4:45 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Sources: Microsoft is building a new, lightweight browser codenamed Spartan for Windows 10  —  Microsoft is building a new browser as part of its Windows 10 push  —  Summary:Microsoft is planning to roll out a new browser when it debuts Windows 10, according to sources.  But IE isn't going completely away.
Spiegel Online:
Snowden documents reveal the NSA routinely intercepted SSL/TLS traffic, decrypted VPN connections, struggled with PGP, Truecrypt, Tor, CSpace, OTR, ZRTP in 2012  —  Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security  —  US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce fingerprints from people's public photos  —  Chaos Computer Club, Europe's largest association of hackers, claims it can reproduce your fingerprints from a couple of photos that show your fingers.  At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple introduces 14-day no questions asked refunds for App Store & iTunes in EU countries  —  Apple has recently introduced a new 14-day no questions asked return policy for iTunes, App Store and iBooks purchases in Europe including the UK, Germany, Italy, France, and many other EU countries.
Re/code:
New King of Tech Startups: Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Raises $1.1 Billion at $45 Billion Valuation  —  Xiaomi has said it has closed a massive $1.1 billion round of funding that values the fast-growing Chinese phone maker at a jaw-dropping $45 billion, pre-money.
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
UK banks in talks to launch Apple Pay in 2015, execs concerned about data collection by Apple  —  UK banks in talks over Apple ‘wave and pay’  —  Negotiations between the tech giant and at least one bank have proved tricky because of wrangling over the terms, including what data Apple will be able to access
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
China's Great Firewall attacks Google once again, blocks any form of access to Gmail  —  Gmail users in China are now finding that Google's email service is totally inaccessible in the country.  While Gmail's website has been blocked in China since June, along with every other Google service …
Jarah Euston / Flurry Insights:
51% of new devices activated during Christmas week were Apple, 18% were Samsung, 6% Nokia  —  Apple and Apps Dominated Christmas 2014  —  Millions of people woke up and unwrapped a shiny new device under the Christmas tree.  As we have done in years past, Flurry examined these new device activations …
Brandon Chester / AnandTech:
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 810 processor to enable 300 Mbps LTE download speeds in South Korea  —  Samsung Launches A Snapdragon 810 Powered Galaxy Note 4  —  Today Samsung has announced a new version of the Galaxy Note 4 which will be launching in the South Korean market in January 2015.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Sony says ‘The Interview’ was rented or purchased more than 2M times, generated over $15M in online sales; Apple starts offering the movie on iTunes  —  ‘The Interview’ Generated Over $15 Million In Online Sales  —  Sony announced Sunday night that “The Interview” …
James Temple / Re/code:
Pinterest finds Promoted Pins, currently in beta, are shared as often as organic pins, plans rollout to all partners on Jan. 1  —  Pinterest to Unveil Early Results From Promoted Pins, as It Looks to Ramp Up Advertising  —  Pinterest* will unveil early results from one of its first formal …
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
PlayStation Network back online after three-day outage due to DDoS attack; Sony says some users may still experience intermittent issues  —  PSN is still down for some as Sony gets service back online  —  Can't get online?  Here's a trick that might help fix PSN for you.
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