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December 30, 2013, 8:20 PM

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Paul Graham:
What I Didn't Say  —  A quote from an “interview” with me (I'll explain the scare quotes in a minute) went viral on the Internet recently: … When I saw this myself I wasn't sure what I was even supposed to be saying.  That women aren't hackers?  That they can't be taught to be hackers?
jessica lessin:
On The Information and How We Operate  —  I wanted to share some thoughts about Paul Graham's allegations that he was misquoted and misled in this recent interview in the Information.  Our readers are very smart and I'm happy for everyone to have all the information and for Mr. Graham to continue writing about the topic.
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
Netflix Knocks a Dollar Off Its SD Streaming Service for New Users  —  Netflix has cracked down on password sharing this year (the streaming service has a $12-per-month plan if you want to stream on four devices simultaneously), but it looks like there's a new tier to its pricing plan …
John Chen / CNBC:
BlackBerry CEO: we're focused on enterprise services, messaging, growing QNX adoption  —  BlackBerry CEO: Here's our new strategy  —  By: John Chen, executive chair and CEO of BlackBerry  —  It's been easy for competitors to promote negative stories about BlackBerry, focusing on the business of the past.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The NSA's elite hackers can hijack your Wi-Fi from 8 miles away  —  Attendees at the Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg this weekend got a surprising rundown of the NSA's surveillance capabilities, courtesy of security researcher Jacob Appelbaum.  Appelbaum, who co-wrote the Der Spiegel article …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Aimee Groth / Quartz:
Zappos is going holacratic: no job titles, no managers, no hierarchy  —  Zappos is known for its zany corporate culture.  The company's Q4 “All Hands” meeting in November was aptly-themed “Gone Wild”: one female employee voluntarily climbed into a case filled with tarantulas to win a $250 gift card.
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Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
The man behind NYT Magazine's gorgeous covers is headed to Apple  —  You may not know the name Arem Duplessis, but you've no doubt seen his work on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in the past 10 years.  As design director at NYT Mag, he crafted some of the most stunning work …
Gopal Sathe / Livemint:
Google exec Steve Grove says Google+ could become the YouTube of live video  —  Steve Grove: Google+ could do for live video, what YouTube did for recorded video  —  With over three years in the Google+ team, and heading its community partner scheme, Steve Grove's role is to make sure …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
73% Of U.S. Adults Use Social Networks, Pinterest Passes Twitter In Popularity, Facebook Stays On Top  —  Facebook may be currently facing question marks over how well it's faring with younger users, but among those over 18 in the U.S. it remains the social network king.
bunnie:
Vulnerabilities in SD cards allow arbitrary code execution, opening door to MITM attacks  —  On Hacking MicroSD Cards  —  Today at the Chaos Computer Congress (30C3), xobs and I disclosed a finding that some SD cards contain vulnerabilities that allow arbitrary code execution — on the memory card itself.

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