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December 30, 2014, 12:10 PM

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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 …
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.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Grocery delivery startup Instacart scores $220M investment at a valuation of around $2B  —  Grocery Delivery Startup Instacart Scores $220 Million Investment  —  Instacart, the grocery delivery startup, disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it had closed a monster $210 million investment …
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
How Disney CEO Bob Iger uses technology to keep every division of his company relevant  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger's empire of tech  —  Even in a dress-down gray sweater, Bob Iger looks a bit mechanical.  His mouth is almost geometrically straight, his face constructed of some cool alloy.
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 …
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Washington Post hopes to generate more revenue by licensing its content management system to other news organizations  —  Here's A New, Inventive Way Jeff Bezos Plans To Make Money From The Washington Post  —  When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013 …
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
As Microsoft scales back original vision of the Xbox One as a general-purpose living room platform, key team members keep leaving the company  —  Almost every single Xbox executive we profiled in this video last year has left the company  —  Boyd Multerer — the genius Microsoft engineer …
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
Julia Angwin / Backchannel:
Book excerpt from Dragnet Nation: a quest for privacy, security, and freedom in a world of relentless surveillance  —  Who Is Watching You?  —  Companies and institutions track us almost indiscriminately.  Is this the world we want to live in? … But today the anxious question …
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