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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, January 6

What you need to know today in the world of tech

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Sony's Hirai praises staff in hack, hails freedom of speech

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai called the hack of Sony Pictures vicious and malicious

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Morgan Stanley fires employee who leaked sensitive client data

Clients have not suffered losses, the bank said

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Firmware flaws could allow a malicious reflash, US CERT warns

U.S. CERT warned of three issues that could affect critical firmware

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Wireless smart bulbs could scare away burglars

Qualcomm-based reference design for light bulbs may expand their functions for security, convenience and efficiency

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Free tool automates phishing attacks for Wi-Fi passwords

The tool can disconnect Wi-Fi users and trick them into disclosing their access password to a rogue access point

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Bitstamp claims its bitcoins are secure after attack forces exchange shutdown

The exchange hasn't offered many details on the attack, except that it targeted an operational wallet

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, January 5

What you need to know today in the world of tech

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New lie detector relies on full-body suit for better accuracy

Suits normally used by 3D graphics animators could help law enforcement spot lies

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White House approves sanctions against North Korea for Sony hack

The economic sanctions are the 'first aspect' of the U.S. government's response to the Sony hack.

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Google outs unpatched Windows 8.1 vulnerability, and debate rages on both sides

Google says Microsoft missed a 90-day deadline to fix it. Microsoft says it's a minor bug but a fix is in the works. Should Google have told?

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Protecting yourself on social networks

Whether you just joined Facebook or you're pushing 10K followers on Twitter, here's how to stay safe while using social media.

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Think that software library is safe to use? Not so fast!

Flaws in third-party software libraries often find their way into products, a problem that will occupy developers and sysadmins next year