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January 8, 2015, 11:45 PM

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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
In the last year Google's share of US search traffic fell 4.1% to 75.2% in biggest drop since 2009; Yahoo's share grew 4% to 10.4%  —  Google Loses Most U.S. Search Share Since 2009 While Yahoo Gains  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s dominance of the U.S. Internet search market slipped last month …
The Cluetrain Manifesto:
Two “Cluetrain Manifesto” authors present 121 “New Clues” to take on threats to the Internet of 2015  —  New Clues  —  Hear, O Internet.  It has been sixteen years since our previous communication.  In that time the People of the Internet — you and me and all our friends …
John Herrman / The Awl:
Facebook's latest post on video growth shows intent to demote publishers to producers, with uncertain benefits  —  Territory Annexed  —  Here is an update from Facebook about what “the shift to video”—that is, the sudden prevalence of auto-playing clips posted directly to the site—means to “creators.”
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Windows 10's Spartan browser will feature Cortana integration, stylus support for annotating webpages  —  Windows 10's new browser will have the most advanced features ever  —  Microsoft is planning to radically overhaul its web browser in Windows 10.
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
Google may launch an auto insurance comparison shopping site in US as early as Q1 this year  —  New Clues on Google's Plans for Insurance  —  The insurance industry takes it for granted that Google will soon introduce its Google Compare auto insurance shopping site, which has been in Britain for two years, in the United States.
Sean Hollister / Gizmodo:
Oculus demos 3D positional audio with its latest Rift prototype at CES  —  Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great  —  Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear.
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee will reintroduce controversial cybersecurity information sharing bill, CISPA, on Friday  —  House Dem revives major cyber bill  —  A senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday will reintroduce a controversial bill …
Lester Victor Marks / AppleInsider:
Griffin's Lightning cables with reversible USB plug coming in March for $29.99  —  Griffin shows off $30 Lightning cable with reversible USB plug, coming in March  —  At CES this week, Griffin Technology took the wraps off a new USB-to-Lightning cable with a twist — the USB Type A plug …
More: TUAW
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The EFF's New App Is Android-Only, As Organization Calls Out Apple For “Outrageous” Developer Terms  —  Non-profit digital rights organization EFF rolled out a new mobile application this morning, which allows users to more easily access the group's “action center” from their smartphone.
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Uber cuts prices for riders and guarantees earnings for drivers in 48 cities starting Friday  —  Uber just cut prices in 48 markets  —  This hasn't happened in awhile.  Uber just slashed its cost in 48 of its US markets.  The last time it started giving such big discounts was half a year ago, at the start of summer.
More: Uber Blog and The Verge
The Wirecutter:
Sling TV, Withings Activité Pop, Dell XPS 13, and more among this year's top CES announcements  —  Things We Like for 2015: A Realist's Guide to CES  —  We took a team of experienced editors and writers to the biggest electronics show of the year: CES 2015.
Re/code:
Twitter's native video product launching within weeks, may have 20-second time limit  —  Twitter's New Video Feature Is Only a Few Weeks Away  —  Twitter is planning to unveil its new video product in the next few weeks, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
More: Tubefilter and Guardian
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Holiday sales of Nook hardware and accessories dropped 67.9% year-over-year  —  Nook sales hit new low as Barnes & Noble reports holiday results  —  This is what an Amazon victory looks like.  Barnes & Noble this morning reported its 2014 holiday sales numbers, including a decline …
CoinDesk:
State of Bitcoin 2015: Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline  —  CoinDesk is pleased to announce the latest quarterly State of Bitcoin report, featuring a 2014 Year in Review, an in-depth analysis of data and events from the fourth quarter of 2014 and a look ahead to what 2015 might bring.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Uber's Latest Experiment Is Uber Cargo, A Logistics Service In Hong Kong  —  Uber is often talked about for its potential to develop into a global logistics service, and customers in Hong Kong are getting a glimpse at what that might look like after a new service called Uber Cargo launched in the city-state.
Kazunori Takada / Reuters:
Sony to delay sale of PlayStation 4 in China  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp will delay sales of the PlayStation 4 gaming console in China, originally scheduled for Jan. 11, due to “various factors”, according to a statement on Thursday.  —  Sony Computer Entertainment said in the statement that a new sale date had not yet been determined.

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