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December 31, 2013, 4:15 AM

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Jay Hathaway / Daily Dot:
The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone  —  The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel.
Eric P. Newcomer / The Information:
YC's Paul Graham: The Complete Interview  —  Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham isn't your typical startup guru.  For eight years he's been at the helm of what's now the industry's most prominent accelerator and a lightning rod for frustrations with entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley.
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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 …
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.
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.
Chris Vallance / BBC:
Cash machines raided with infected USB sticks  —  The thieves focused on high value notes to minimise the time they were exposed  —  Researchers have revealed how cyber-thieves sliced into cash machines in order to infect them with malware earlier this year.
More: Daily Dot
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Nokia wins German patent injunction against all HTC Android devices including the One series  —  The New Year's Eve fireworks kicked off a day early at the Munich I Regional Court, where Judge Dr. Matthias Zigann just handed Nokia a Germany-wide patent injunction against all HTC Android devices …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
All jacked in and nothing to play: chasing the perfect VR game  —  A little over a year after appearing on Kickstarter, Oculus has turned the far-fetched '90s science fiction of virtual reality into a wildly successful prototype device: the Oculus Rift.  As of this writing, you can snipe enemies in virtual reality with Team Fortress 2.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Eric Schmidt makes 2014 predictions, says mobile has won  —  While he's not busy writing instructions on how to lead a tech company or guides for switching from iPhone to Android, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has taken some time out to provide Bloomberg TV with his predictions for 2014.

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