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January 1, 2014, 8:15 PM

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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.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Skype's Twitter, Facebook, and blog hacked by Syrian Electronics Army demanding an end to spying  —  We're not even through the first day of 2014 and cyber attacks are back again.  Earlier today, some person(s) breached Skype's security and hacked its Twitter account, Facebook page, and blog.
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.
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Google Glass won't succeed as a consumer product in 2014 due to high expectations, cost, more  —  Scoble says Google Glass is doomed  —  First, I love headlines that stretch the truth a bit.  No one outside of Google got their Glass before March of last year.
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”.
Walt Mossberg / @waltmossberg:
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 pass 10% market share, Windows 7 still gains more, and Windows XP falls below 30%  —  With the release of Windows 8.1 to the world in October, Microsoft ended 2013 with two full months of availability for its latest operating system version.
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Jonathan Krim / Wall Street Journal:
WSJD launches, announcing signature tech conference held Oct. 27-29 in Laguna Beach, CA  —  Introducing WSJD  —  Welcome to WSJD, The Wall Street Journal's new home for technology news, analysis, commentary, daily buzz and consumer-product reviews.  —  This new section is the latest example …
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 …

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