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April 12, 2015, 10:00 AM

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
First four Game of Thrones season 5 episodes leak online, apparently originating from review copies, surfacing on major torrent sites, in major blow to HBO  —  First Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 Leak Online  —  Starting a few hours ago several episodes of the new Game of Thrones season started to appear online.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter cuts off firehose access for third-party data resellers DataSift and NTT Data as Twitter grows in-house big data business  —  Twitter Cuts Off DataSift To Step Up Its Own Big Data Business  —  In the push for more revenue growth, Twitter has been building up its business in areas …
Nick Halstead / DataSift:
Social intelligence service DataSift says its Twitter firehose access expires August, bemoans impact on its customers and their customers, touts Facebook access  —  Twitter Ends its Partnership with DataSift - Firehose Access Expires on August 13, 2015  —  For several months now …
Washington Post:
Inside the battle over crypto backdoors as the White House prepares report for President Obama  —  As encryption spreads, U.S. grapples with clash between privacy, security  —  For months, federal law enforcement agencies and industry have been deadlocked on a highly contentious issue …
David Katzmaier / CNET:
Roku 3 (2015) review: remote with voice search makes it the best streaming box in its class  —  Roku 3 (2015) review: A fresh voice improves the best search in streaming  —  Competing against Apple, Amazon and Google isn't easy.  Just ask Microsoft, Barnes & Noble and Yahoo.
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Daniel Rivero / Fusion:
Advocacy group Privacy International creates fake companies to gain access to surveillance industry trade shows and expose the industry's surveillance powers  —  Meet the privacy activists who spy on the surveillance industry  —  LONDON- On the second floor of a narrow brick building …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
As Flash usage wanes, Internet archivists struggle to preserve Flash websites  —  Gone in a Flash: The Race to Save the Internet's Least Favorite Tool  —  Navigating awful, 100 percent Flash-based sites is an experience many of us have had, and is unequivocally part of internet canon.
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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Mini-review of Hisense's $149 ARM Chromebook: well-made for price, but screen is mediocre, short battery life compared to Intel Chromebooks  —  Mini-review: Hisense's ARM Chromebook actually isn't awful for $149  —  The laptop doesn't cut corners that $199 Chromebooks aren't already cutting.
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