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December 27, 2015, 10:20 PM

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Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China passes controversial counter-terrorism law that requires tech companies hand over encryption keys and other sensitive information to government  —  China passes controversial counter-terrorism law  —  China's parliament passed a controversial new anti-terrorism law on Sunday …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
How Gary Alford, an IRS special agent assigned to work with the DEA, used Google search, old chat room logs, and more to track down Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht  —  The Tax Sleuth Who Took Down a Drug Lord  —  Gary L. Alford was running on adrenaline when he arrived for work on a Monday in June 2013 …
RT:
Turkish sites under intensifying, weeks long DDoS attacks that disrupted some banking services over the holidays; Anonymous claims responsibility  —  Turkish banks & government sites under ‘intense’ attacks on Christmas holidays  —  Turkey is suffering from a wave of cyber-attacks on financial …
Wall Street Journal:
For Jack Dorsey, running both Twitter and Square involves 18-hour days, a rigorous schedule, and impromptu meetings  —  How Jack Dorsey Runs Both Twitter, Square  —  Being CEO at two publicly traded companies means 18-hour days, a meticulous schedule and impromptu business meetings
Corinne Reichert / ZDNet:
Comcast installs its first commercial modem with DOCSIS 3.1 technology for a customer in Philadelphia, providing speeds of up to 1 Gbps  —  Comcast now offering 1Gbps speeds across DOCSIS 3.1  —  Comcast has connected the first commercial DOCSIS 3.1 service to a customer in Philadelphia, providing speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Valve says caching issue that allowed Steam users to view pages of others has been fixed, believes no other unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts  —  Steam Goes Nuts, Offers Access To Other People's Accounts  —  Steam faced something of a catastrophe this afternoon …
TechCrunch:
Twitter's fiscal 2015 in review: revenue grew, user growth stalled, shares are near all-time lows  —  Twitter's Fiscal 2015: Up, Flat, And Down  —  Twitter did not have a lovely 2015.  The world-famous social company saw its revenue rise, its usage flatten, and its share price fall.
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
With investments from the state, an all-drone Air Force base, and high-tech talent, North Dakota has become hotbed for drone companies  —  A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota  —  FARGO, N.D. — “California and New York want what we've got,” said Shawn Muehler, a 30-year-old Fargo resident …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Moto 360 Sport review: $299 is a lot for a smartwatch that's only good for tracking daily movement and running, but no other activities  —  The Moto 360 Sport reviewed: Good, but not enough fitness to be worth it  —  The $299 smartwatch is a runner's companion; all other athletes look elsewhere.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
French-based LinkedIn rival Viadeo exits Chinese market, where it claimed to have 25M members, citing lack of capital it needs for growth  —  French professional social network Viadeo exits Chinese market, closes data center in California  —  The publicly listed French company behind …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Profile of Samy Kamkar, hacker behind MySpace Samy worm, Evercookie, and OwnStar, who now showcases his skills on his YouTube channel named Applied Hacking  —  The Greatest Hits of Samy Kamkar, YouTube's Favorite Hacker  —  In an age when hackers hire themselves out to organized crime schemes …

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