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January 26, 2015, 1:15 PM

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Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Sling TV review: Not quite the cord cutter's dream, but a bargain for millennial families  —  The unbundling trend is trickling down from apps to television with the launch of Sling TV, Dish Network's US-only, live TV subscription service at just $20 a month - no contract required.
Guardian:
WikiLeaks demands answers after being notified that Google handed over three staffers' emails to the US government in 2012  —  WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government  — Search giant gave FBI emails and digital data belonging to three staffers
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Cablevision to launch Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service Freewheel; $9.95/month if bundled with home internet, $29.95 for other customers  —  This is big: Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service  —  Janko Roettgers  —  Cablevision is getting ready to pick a fight with your mobile phone company.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Google signs deal with NFL to show highlight clips in YouTube and Search, will share ad revenues  —  NFL Video Highlights — And More — Come to YouTube and Google  —  It took a long time but it's finally done, just in time for the Super Bowl: Pro football finally has a deal with Google to distribute some of its video.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Stripe Partners With Intuit To Help On-Demand Workers Keep Track Of Their Finances  —  Startup Stripe helps to power payments for a large number of new services offering up ways to make cash as part of the growing “on-demand economy.”  Meanwhile Intuit, which makes accounting and tax software …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
A Rare Glimpse Inside The Life And Mind Of Oracle CEO Mark Hurd  —  “My day starts at 4:30 a.m. and I sort of have two speeds, fast and stop,” Mark Hurd quipped cheerfully when we asked about his day.  —  We were meeting at Oracle's upscale executive offices on the top floor of the main building …
New York Times:
Verizon's Mobile ‘Supercookies’ Seen as Threat to Privacy  —  For the last several months, cybersecurity experts have been warning Verizon Wireless that it was putting the privacy of its customers at risk.  The computer codes the company uses to tag and follow its mobile subscribers around the web …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones  —  Not content with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Facebook has launched another standalone app.  Facebook Lite, which some may recall as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010 …
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Former Motorola CEO: Nexus 6 doesn't have fingerprint reader because Apple bought the best supplier AuthenTec  —  Dennis Woodside on Motorola, Google and the future of Dropbox  —  Silicon Valley veteran Dennis Woodside reveals a Motorola Nexus 6 secret, and tells Matt Warman …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Signs of progress: One month with Android Wear 5.0  —  Android Wear 5.0 came out last month—it was the third noteworthy update to the wearable OS, following versions 4.4W.1 and 4.4W.2.  It's not a significant enough update to merit its own standalone review, but it's been a while since our last check-in with the platform.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK's TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business  —  TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for remittance services, has raised a large tranche of funding led by one of the social network's earliest backers.

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