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February 9, 2015, 1:55 AM

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Shane Harris / The Daily Beast:
Samsung's SmartTV privacy policy warns that voice recognition can collect and transmit sensitive personal information to improve the product  —  Your Samsung SmartTV Is Spying on You, Basically  —  You may be loving your new Internet-connected television and its convenient voice-command feature …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
VPNs increasingly used to circumvent geo restrictions, access content on sites like Netflix  —  VPNs Dissolve National Boundaries Online, for Work and Movie-Watching  —  Rod Drury, an entrepreneur in Auckland, New Zealand, regularly visits the United States.  Sometimes there are multiple visits a day.
Tweets: @jonrussell and @digiphile
Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
How Slack makes sure the work conversations of 365K people stay private  —  How a start-up got 365,000 people to trust it with their office secrets  —  It was Anne Toth's first week at Slack, and she already had a crisis on her hands.  “TeamNameGate,” she now calls the episode.
Christopher Solomon / Popular Mechanics:
Profile of Alex Holden, who tracked down the Russian hackers who stole over 1.2B credentials  —  Meet The Man Who Finds Your Stolen Passwords  —  Last summer a gang of Russian hackers was caught amassing the largest cache of stolen user names and passwords ever discovered—1.2 billion in all.
Tweets: @cwarzel
Daniela Velázquez / Fast Company:
In Kansas City, Google Fiber penetrates wealthier neighborhoods, but digital divide remains  —  Lessons From Google's First Rollout Of Google Fiber  —  Three summers ago, it was everywhere: An old-fashioned ice cream truck with peppy, electronic music blaring from its speakers.
John Herrman / The Awl:
For distribution, media companies turn to apps and services, whose ad-driven, mediated businesses mirror broadcast TV  —  The Next Internet Is TV  —  I was talking to someone who works on one of those half-dozen or so apps that we tend to associate with teenagers: the ones that were built around …

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