January 2, 2015, 7:05 PM

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Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google's Project Zero posts Windows 8.1 flaw after Microsoft failed to patch it within 90 days  —  Google posts Windows 8.1 vulnerability before Microsoft can patch it  —  Google's Project Zero tracks vulnerabilities in software systems and reports them to vendors “in as close to real-time as possible” — a noble cause, no?
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service  —  Scribd, a company offering unlimited access to half a million e-books for $8.99 a month, is announcing that it has raised $22 million in additional funding.  —  The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla partner Keith Rabois …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Alcatel's Pixi 3 runs Windows Phone, Android, or Firefox OS; comes in 3.5", 4", 4.5", and 5" screen sizes; debuts at CES  —  Alcatel's new Pixi smartphone can run Windows, Android, or Firefox OS  —  Fresh off the news that it's acquired the Palm brand, Alcatel has a new Pixi for us.
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US sanctions North Korean intelligence agency, an arms dealer, and 10 individuals working for the government over Sony cyberattacks  —  US sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack … HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. is imposing sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
FBI talks with Tennessee man who copied style of Sony hackers' Pastebin posts and then mocked CNN  —  The FBI thought this Tennessee prankster was a Sony Pictures hacker  —  After an ill-advised prank, David Garrett Jr. spent an hour on New Year's Day at an FBI bureau in Tennessee explaining …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Xbox One SDK leak could let developers make homebrew apps for the console  —  A group of hackers has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft's official Xbox One SDK — the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console.
Roberta Naas / Forbes:
Montblanc unveils a luxury watch strap with an activity tracker and vibrator for notifications, available in June for about $425  —  2015: Montblanc Just Got Smarter  —  Montblanc starts the New Year with a smart move: just two hours into 2015, the brand unveiled the new Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap watch line.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian ISPs and VPNs Now Have to Alert Pirating Customers  —  After years of public and private discussions, Canada started implementing a new copyright law in recent years.  —  The law introduced great improvements in terms of fair use and non-commercial file-sharing, and also adopts a …
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Security researcher rewrites Mac firmware over Thunderbolt, says most Intel Thunderbolt Macs vulnerable  —  A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac's firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM.

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