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January 1, 2014, 2:25 PM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Alleged Snapchat hackers explain how and why they leaked data on 4.6 million accounts  —  The individual or team claiming responsibility for SnapchatDB has responded to The Verge's requests for comment the morning after the database went online, containing a leaked collection …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Hackers exploit Snapchat's security hole, leak 4.6m usernames and phone numbers online  —  If you're a Snapchat user, then you might be interested to know that someone may have found a way to save the usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast Music Services To Online Radio Aggregator Radionomy  —  Some more detail on the fate of Winamp and Shoutcast, the legacy digital music services that owner AOL (which also owns TechCrunch) originally planned to shut down but then halted pending a sale.
AllThingsD:
Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher reflect on AllThingsD, tease new company launching January 2  —  You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello  —  This is the last day of the All Things Digital site, which began life in April of 2007 as a year-round extension of the D conference we launched in 2003.
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Google to Discontinue Sharing App Bump and Flock on Jan. 31, 2014  —  Back in September Google acquired popular sharing tool Bump, with reports the former paid at least $30 million to acquire the company.  At the time, Bump said their app along with their photo sharing application Flock would continue to operate “for now”.
Joep Janssen / Distimo:
Christmas spike: iOS Downloads and Revenue grew by more than 50%  —  Next to kisses under the mistletoe and turkeys for dinner, a new Christmas tradition has emerged over the last couple of years: a global spike in download and revenue figures in the app stores.
Greg Bensinger / Digits:
Amazon starts charging sales tax in Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee  —  New Year Rings in Sales Tax for Amazon Shoppers in Three States  —  Attention Amazon.com shoppers in Indiana, Nevada and Tennessee: Starting Wednesday, you'll have to pay sales tax on your purchases.
Paul Tassi / Forbes:
Attack On Twitch Streamer Shuts Down Riot And EA Servers, Attracts Police  —  It started a game of League of Legends, and ended with a swarm of cops pointing guns at the player and accusing him of having hostages held against their will in his home.  —  Welcome to the world of online video game harassment.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Welcome to the Age of the Upgrade  —  Everyone is an early adopter now, and it is glorious  —  As the 1980s came to a close, a curious thing happened to American consumers: they began to really understand what the word “upgrade” meant.  This realization occurred thanks to a magical fusion …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Moto X drops to $399 without contract to start the new year  —  In a move that should spur sales, Motorola started 2014 by dropping the cost of its Moto X handset to $399 without a contract.  The deal was announced on Wednesday morning and applies to all carriers as well as Moto Maker custom phones.

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
Freshdesk:
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VMware:
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Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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