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8:00 AM ET, January 5, 2015


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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy “Pirates”  —  Due to complicated licensing agreements Netflix is only available in a few dozen countries, all of which have a different content library.  —  Some people bypass these content and access restrictions by using VPNs or other circumvention tools that change their geographical location.
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Roku teams up with Insignia and Haier for Roku TV and announces future 4K support  —  Roku's foray into partnering up with TV manufacturers is expanding while it's committing to the future of 4K.  —  Today the company announced two new Roku TV partners; Haier and Best Buy's Insignia brand.
Emily Yoshida / The Verge:
In a future fueled by hacks and leaks, will we be sedated by our own transparency?  —  In Los Angeles, you spend a lot of time looking at the outside of things.  From Los Feliz to West Hollywood, an embankment of multimillion-dollar residences rise up on the right of your peripheral vision …
Discussion: @verge
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Tim Carmody, independent technology journalist  —  CAPITAL: You were a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania before becoming a journalist.  Why did you decide to leave academia?  —  CARMODY: “Decide” might be the wrong word.  I was on the academic job market …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
The virtues of Vice: how punk magazine was transformed into media giant  —  It's a hit with the millennial generation and predicts revenue of $1bn this year, so what can young company teach its rivals?  —  In a break from making millions as the world's richest ad man, Sir Martin Sorrell …
Caroline Bottger / Digiday:
Rusty Foster, creator of Today in Tabs newsletter, on new digital news sites, newsletters, hate reads, and more  —  Today in Tabs editor Rusty Foster: ‘2014 was a terrible year!’  —  Hate-reads and outrage are the Internet's furniture.  And Rusty Foster is a comfy chair.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC says it will review a draft of net neutrality rules and vote on them by the end of February  —  Get ready: The FCC says it'll vote on net neutrality in February  —  Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Has Not Approached Scripps About Buying Food Network: Sources  —  Contrary to a report that Yahoo held discussions with Scripps Networks Interactive about the possibility of acquiring Food Network or the whole company, two individuals with direct knowledge of the situation said Yahoo …
Discussion: TVNewser, CNBC, MediaPost and Deadline
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Digital music sales dropped 9% in 2014 while streaming surged 54%  —  Apple's acquisition of streaming service Beats Music looms large over the latest music sales data, showing once again that the industry is trending away from sales of digital songs and albums.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Canadian ISPs and VPNs Now Have to Alert Pirating Customers  —  After years of public and private discussions, Canada started implementing a new copyright law in recent years.  —  The law introduced great improvements in terms of fair use and non-commercial file-sharing, and also adopts a …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Twitter's ‘While You Were Away’ Recap Feature Is Rolling Out To Many Users  —  Back in November, Twitter announced plans to implement a number of new initiatives to boost user engagement, and one of those features — a ‘While you were away’ recap of tweets you may have missed — appears to be rolling out to significant numbers of users.
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Jackson Connor / The Huffington Post:
Former ABC News Correspondent To Testify In Terrorism Trial
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TVNewser
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US sanctions North Korean intelligence agency, an arms dealer, and 10 individuals working for the government over Sony cyberattacks
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