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Millions of fake Instagram users disappear in purge. "In what has been called the 'Instagram Rapture,' the company is deleting all the accounts it had previously designated as 'spammy' from the follower counts of its users," reports Vindu Goel at the New York Times. "And for some high-­profile accounts, a lot of users have been vaporized." That includes Instagram's own primary account, which has reportedly lost over 18 million followers.

Dirty data: Why the ’4 million public comments’ on net neutrality might not be what they seem.The Switch's Nancy Scola explains how an aged public comment system and questions about an outside analysis of net neutrality rule feedback leaves the American people's sentiment on the policy choice murky.

The hackers are winning the media war. "For years, hacks were mostly about committing robbery -- slipping in and out unnoticed, with maybe a dropped calling card as a small-scale brag," writes the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama. "Now Sony has canceled the Christmas Day release of "The Interview" -- the movie that apparently spurred the hacks into Sony Pictures Entertainment in the first place."

At the heart of Obama’s Cuba doctrine? The Internet. "How disconnected is Cuba, the land where a decades-old U.S. embargo has left many residents drive vintage automobiles from the 1950s and '60s? Only 5 percent of the island nation's 11 million residents have the ability to get onto the Internet," writes the Switch's Nancy Scola. But recent shift in U.S. policy towards the island nation could help change that.

German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls. "German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available," reports the Post's Craig Timberg.