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January 1, 2014, 11:55 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.
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.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013  —  Congratulations, Planet Earth!  We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun.  Go team!  —  It's the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists.  Lots and lots of lists.
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.
New York Times:
NYT editorial board calls for clemency or a plea bargain for Snowden  —  Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower  —  Seven months ago, the world began to learn the vast scope of the National Security Agency's reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe …
Philippa Warr / Wired.co.uk:
GOG's managing director: ‘Gamer resistance to DRM is stronger than ever’  —  Digital games distribution site GOG (Good Old Games) has spent the last five years offering classic videogame titles DRM-free to its customers.  Earlier in 2013 the site launched an indie publishing …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 pass 10% market share, Windows XP falls below 30% (Updated)  —  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.  While Windows 8.1 is certainly growing quickly …
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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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