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January 1, 2014, 3:05 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.
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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.
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.
Jonathan Krim / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ.D 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: BetaNews
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:
5 reasons to get excited about ‘Madden NFL 15’  —  Latest chapter in EA Sports' epic football series now available, along with Xbox One bundle.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
How vCloud Hybrid Service is Different: 10 Cloud Capabilities on vCloud Hybrid Service that Don't Exist on AWS  —  With vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS), we're firmly focused on solving enterprise customer cloud problems …
Zoho:
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