Merry Christmas! Toybox is taking the day off for some festive revelry and will be back tomorrow, starting a reduced schedule between the 26th and January 2nd. Normal shenanigans will resume on January 5th.
Chromecast just got more educational content and funny laughs, in the form of seven new apps including Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, and more. Sidenote: this also offers more ways to escape your family over the holidays.
Pocket, everyone's favorite service that was formerly Read It Later, just announced a paid plan. For $5 a month or $45 a year, your Pocketed pages will persist forever in a searchable, tag-able, digital library. Like Evernote, but exclusively for things you probably won't get around to reading.
Chromecast just keeps getting better. You can now cast livestreaming baseball through the MLB.TV app. The only catch is that you'll have to have a premium subscription. If you do, it's time to play ball!
Apple is adding NPR to iTunes radio, making it the first news station on the streaming service. (Read in your best public radio voice). [Re/code]
The first official Ubuntu hardware partners have been announced and companies you've never heard of! Expect the phones later this year, but don't set your heart on US availability you crazy Linux junkie.
Google Drive just got an activity stream that details everything you and the people you're working with have been doing with your documents and spreadsheets.
Apple TV got an over-the-air update today that added a couple of great new apps to the platform—Vevo, Disney, Disney XD, and an app from the Smithsonian.
Twitter will now let you make as many as 1,000 lists (up from 20) with as many as 5,000 accounts (rather than 500). Go nuts!
Microsoft and YouTube just told us that they're working on an official YouTube app for Windows Phone together. The app will be released in "the coming weeks" (and will have ads).
In 2012, 19 billion chat messages were sent each day across the world—compared to just 17.6 billion SMS messages.