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January 27, 2015, 4:35 PM

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Jinen Kamdar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter starts rolling out group Direct Messaging, 30-second video capture and sharing  —  Now on Twitter: group Direct Messages and mobile video camera  —  A few months ago, we mentioned some features coming soon, and today we're excited to start rolling out two of them: group messaging and a new mobile video experience.
Dennis Kish / Google Fiber Blog:
Google confirms Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham  —  Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham  —  It's been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Snapchat's new Discover feature puts news and entertainment a swipe away from your stories  —  Snapchat has launched “Discover,” a new feature that highlights stories and videos provided both by outside publishers, and by Snapchat's in-house team of journalists and videographers.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 software update w/ stability improvements, reduces space required to update  —  Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today.  The update is available over-the-air through the Software Update section of the Settings app.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple Pay coming to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, paid parking & other self-serve locations  —  While individual retailers have been announcing support for Apple Pay as more NFC terminals enable the service, it's still hit and miss on vending machines and other self-serve, unattended hardware.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with fixes for security and WiFi issues, adds support for iCloud Drive in Time Machine  —  Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 With Security Fixes, iCloud Drive Browsing Options in Time Machine  —  Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 …
Costin Raiu / Securelist:
Researchers say Qwerty keylogger used by Five Eyes governments and Regin malware are developed by the same entity, or by entities working closely together  —  Comparing the Regin module 50251 and the “Qwerty” keylogger  —  On January 17 2015, Spiegel.de published an extensive article based on documents obtained from Edward Snowden.
Richard Leider / YouTube Engineering …:
YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video instead of Flash  —  YouTube now defaults to HTML5  —  Four years ago, we wrote about YouTube's early support for the HTML5 <video> tag and how it performed compared to Flash.  At the time, there were limitations that held it back from becoming our preferred platform for video delivery.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Highly critical “Ghost” allowing code execution affects most Linux systems  —  New bug haunting Linux could spark “a lot of collateral damage on the Internet.”  —  An extremely critical vulnerability affecting most Linux distributions gives attackers the ability to execute malicious code …
Jacob Rossi / Smashing Magazine:
How Microsoft created EdgeHTML, the rendering engine powering the Spartan browser  —  Inside Microsoft's New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”  —  Last week, Microsoft made its biggest announcement for the web since it first introduced Internet Explorer in 1995: a new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan31.”
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Bloomberg:
France seeks to sanction web companies as hate-speech accomplices if they host extremist messages  —  France Seeks to Sanction Web Companies for Posts Pushing Terror  —  The French government is stepping up the pressure on Google Inc. (GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) to help in the struggle against terrorist groups.
Rainey Reitman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF's Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance  —  We have a problem when it comes to stopping mass surveillance.  —  The entity that's conducting the most extreme and far-reaching surveillance against most of the world's communications—the National Security Agency—is bound by United States law.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
F.T.C. Calls for Strong Data and Privacy Protection With Connected Devices  —  As consumers increasingly adopt devices that can collect information and transmit it to the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday called on technology companies that sell those products …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft readies new free version of its Power BI business intelligence service  —  Summary:Microsoft is planning to introduce a free version of its Power BI business-intelligence tools/service, and will cut prices on its new, fully featured Pro version.  —  Microsoft is teeing …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Perceptions aside, Groupon, with a market cap of $4.9B, has seen revenue and EBITDA consistently climb since going public  —  Let's stop laughing at Groupon  —  When we began work on our Age of Unicorns cover for Fortune, one internal conversation was about cautionary tales.  Fab?  Sure.  Box?

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