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December 19, 2014, 2:00 AM

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Reuters:
Google will build Android Auto software directly into cars with Android M, no smartphone needed  —  Exclusive: Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android - sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOGL.O) is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars …
Kent Walker / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google concerned by reports that MPAA is secretly working with studios to resurrect SOPA  —  The MPAA's Attempt to Revive SOPA Through A State Attorney General  —  We are deeply concerned about recent reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) led a secret …
Marc Rogers / Marc's Security Ramblings:
Why the Sony hack is unlikely to be the work of North Korea.  —  Everyone seems to be eager to pin the blame for the Sony hack on North Korea.  However, I think it's unlikely.  Here's why:1.  The broken English looks deliberately bad and doesn't exhibit any of the classic comprehension mistakes …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Richard Bilton / BBC:
BBC investigation finds Apple repeatedly not meeting its supply chain standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers  —  Apple ‘failing to protect Chinese factory workers’  —  The undercover reporter filmed workers falling asleep on 12-hour shifts
Bloomberg:
China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers  —  China is aiming to purge most foreign technology from banks, the military, state-owned enterprises and key government agencies by 2020, stepping up efforts to shift to Chinese suppliers, according to people familiar with the effort.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Longtime Internet Explorer leader Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft  —  Dean Hachamovitch is leaving Microsoft.  And yes, of course, there is an IE shirt associated with this milestone, too.  The longtime Internet Explorer leader, who led the efforts to modernize and revitalize Microsoft's web browser …
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Rachel King / ZDNet:
Google launching open source Cloud Dataflow SDK for Java  —  Summary:Cloud Dataflow fills a major puzzle piece in Google's rapidly evolving and growing cloud stack as the Internet giant continues to challenge Amazon Web Services.  —  Google is looking to woo cloud developers once again …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches “Store Visits” Metric In AdWords, To Help Prove Online-To-Offline Impact  —  It's been well known that Google has been working on a solution to tie clicks on search ads back to in-store traffic and sales as part of Estimated Total Conversions in AdWords.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung to shut down its ChatOn messaging service Feb. 1, 2015 in all markets except U.S.  —  Samsung's ChatOn service will shut down next year — but not in the US  —  After denying reports that its ChatOn service was close to being disbanded on a region-by-region basis, Samsung has announced in Korea that it's going away.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
GameAnalytics Scores $5.5M Series A, Hires Ex-Aol European MD As CEO  —  GameAnalytics, a free analytics platform for games developers, has leveled-up its funding.  The Copenhagen-headquartered startup, which also has a sales office in London and a development hub in Berlin, has closed a $5.5 million Series A round.
Amazon Cognito:
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Cory Bennett / The Hill:NEW
EFF to argue NSA's “upstream” data collection program is unconstitutional in first public court challenge Friday  —  NSA to defend Internet collection in court  —  Digital rights advocate the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is taking the National Security Agency (NSA) …
Matthew Wee / Yahoo:
The Yahoo App Adds Local News, Commenting, and More on Android and iOS in the U.S.  —  Want to know more about what's going on around you?  Today we're bringing local news to your fingertips with the Yahoo App.  As you move around the country, you'll be able to see what's going on in your area.

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Microsoft:
Open source and the cloud: Changing the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes  —  Parents and patients have figured out how to remotely keep watch over glucose levels via smartphones, computers and the Pebble smartwatch running on Microsoft Azure.
Amazon Cognito:
Amazon Cognito - User Identity and Data Synchronization Service  —  Save mobile user data in the cloud and access it even when users are offline.  Get free 10GB storage & 1 Million Syncs per month now.
Amazon WorkSpaces:
Desktop in the cloud with Amazon WorkSpaces  —  Manage secure desktops from multiple devices.  Amazon WorkSpaces is managed, secure & simple.  Scale up and down easily.  Get started today.
Zoho:
Have you found the right contact management tool yet?  —  Can you use an axe to prune roses, or a hacksaw to chop veggies?  —  They may get the job done, but is either of them the right tool for the job?
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …

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