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December 31, 2014, 10:35 AM

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Jennifer Booton / MarketWatch:
NYC weighs bitcoin, Apple Pay for parking tickets  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The city of New York issues eight to ten million parking tickets annually.  But great news: Drivers will soon be able to use their smartphones to pay their fines instantly with mobile apps or cryptocurrencies.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung launches Milk VR to deliver virtual reality videos to Gear VR  —  Milk VR will provide the videos for free as Samsung hopes to goose interest in virtual reality.  —  Samsung wants to jump-start the virtual-reality movement.  —  The Korean electronics conglomerate on Tuesday launched Milk VR …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Grocery delivery startup Instacart closing $220M round at a valuation of about $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 …
William Turton / The Daily Dot:
Hacker group Lizard Squad launches DDoS service with prices ranging from $6 to $500, says recent PSN and Xbox Live attacks were marketing scheme  —  Lizard Squad's Xbox Live, PSN attacks were a ‘marketing scheme’ for new DDoS service … A DDoS attack sends a huge amount of traffic to a server …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Promoted Twitter accounts appear in some users' Following lists, making it seem like the users actually follow those accounts  —  Twitter Ads Make It Seem Like People Follow Brands, Even If They Don't  —  Visa follows MasterCard?  So it seemed.  Twitter's expansion of ads into “Following” …
Anupam Saxena / Times of India:
India orders ISPs to block Github, Dailymotion, Pastebin, Vimeo, and 30 other websites  —  Pastebin, Dailymotion, Github blocked after DoT order: Report  —  NEW DELHI: A number of Indian users are reporting they're not able to access websites such as Pastebin, DailyMotion and Github …
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Huawei's 2014 smarphone sales rise to $11.8B with 75M units, compared to 18.7M in 2013  —  China's Huawei 2014 smartphone sales rise by a third  —  (Reuters) - Huawei Technology Co Ltd's [HWT.UL] smartphone sales rose by almost a third to $11.8 billion in 2014, according to an internal memo seen …
Jana Winter / The Intercept:
Sony Hackers Threaten U.S. News Media Organization  —  The cyberterrorists who hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer servers have threatened to attack an American news media organization, according to an FBI bulletin obtained by The Intercept.  —  The threat against the unnamed news organization …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Over 80 Percent of Dark-Web Visits Relate to Pedophilia, Study Finds  —  The mysterious corner of the Internet known as the Dark Web is designed to defy all attempts to identify its inhabitants.  But one group of researchers has attempted to shed new light on what those users are doing under the cover of anonymity.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Used car marketplace Beepi raises $12.7M from Yuri Milner, Scott Brommer, AngelList syndicate, and two early investors  —  Used Car Site Beepi Lands $12 Million From Yuri Milner and AngelList's Largest Ever Investment  —  Online used car marketplace Beepi has landed a $12.7 million investment …

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