January 5, 2015, 4:30 PM

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Dish announces Sling TV: stream channels like ESPN, CNN, and TNT over the internet for $20 per month without a cable subscription  —  You Can Finally Get ESPN on the Web, for $20 a Month  —  Lots of people say they want to ditch cable TV for the Web, but can't because they want to watch sports …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Broadwell U arrives: Faster laptop CPUs and GPUs from Core i7 to Celeron  —  Intel's staggered Broadwell rollout continues with 17 new laptop chips.  —  Intel promised us more chips based on the new Broadwell architecture in early 2015, and today it's delivering on that promise.
Scott Stein / CNET:
Lenovo enters the smart fitness band game with e-ink, water-resistant Vibe Band VB10  —  LAS VEGAS — Fitness band meets smartwatch: yeah, it's a well-trodden formula.  Lenovo, however, hasn't made a splash into wearables before.  The Vibe Band VB10, debuted at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas …
Marco Arment /
Apple's marketing priorities are driving the pace of software releases at the expense of quality  —  Apple has lost the functional high ground  —  Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better.  But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future.
Steven Johns / Neowin:
Gogo Inflight Internet is intentionally issuing fake SSL certificates  —  SSL/TLS is a protocol that exists to ensure there exists an avenue for secure communication over the Internet.  Through the use of cryptography and certificate validation, SSL certificates make man-in-the-middle attacks …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Cast for audio lets you stream music from apps like Pandora and Rdio to compatible speakers, coming this spring  —  Google Cast will offer direct streaming from apps to Sony, LG, and Denon audio products this spring  —  What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015?
Lynn La / CNET:
LG G Flex 2: curved smartphone with 5.5-inch screen and Snapdragon 810 coming to Korea this month, AT&T and Sprint later this year  —  LG G Flex 2: Second-gen curved smartphone features 5.5-inch screen, Snapdragon 810 and ‘self-healing’ capabilities (hands-on)
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nest adds 15 new partners, now integrates with smartlocks, lighting, and home appliances  —  Nest's thermostat gets smarter with support for more third-party devices  —  Nest is today announcing a handful of new additions to the company's “Works with Nest” program, a designation given …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Garmin announces three wildly different smartwatches: Fenix 3, Epix, and Vivoactive  —  If smartwatches and fitness trackers were extraordinarily hot topics last year, they've only gotten hotter going into 2015.  A few products have tried to walk the line between both categories with a single …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Parrot's New In-Dash System Gives Any Dumb Car Apple or Android Brains  —  While Apple CarPlay and Android Auto promise to make your car's in-dash system infinitely more bearable in the not so distant future, you're still stuck in the unfortunate position of having to choose between one or the other.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces the Nokia 215, a $29 Internet-ready phone headed to emerging markets in Q1  —  Microsoft launches the Nokia 215, a $29 feature phone touted as its most affordable Internet device yet  —  Microsoft might be ditching “Nokia” from its flagship Lumia smartphones …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC launches new complaints site after old site crumbled under load of net neutrality comments  —  FCC makes it easier to complain about cable, Internet, and phone providers  —  The Federal Communications Commission is still plagued by an ancient IT infrastructure despite being the government agency …
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
AT&T is the first US carrier to support WebRTC  —  WebRTC will allow AT&T customers to make calls and video chat using their AT&T numbers in the browser  —  During its annual Developer Summit held the day before CES officially begins, AT&T announced it will be the first carrier in the US …

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