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January 1, 2014, 11:25 AM

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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.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Hackers allegedly exploit Snapchat security hole and 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.
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.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The Mac Pro Review (Late 2013)  —  The year was 2004.  I was enrolled in ECE 466 at NCSU, a compiler optimization/scheduling class.  I remember walking into the lecture hall and seeing far too many white MacBooks.  This was the computer engineering department right?
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 …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Hypedmusic shuts down after receiving cease and desist notice from RIAA  —  Free music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after receiving a cease and desist notice from the recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  Luke Li, the developer of the app, explained …
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Susan Stellin / New York Times:
District Judge Upholds Government's Right to Search Electronics at Border  —  The government's right to search travelers' electronic devices at the border was upheld in a ruling released by a federal judge on Tuesday, which dismissed a lawsuit challenging this policy.

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