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January 2, 2014, 1:45 PM

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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 …
Re/code:
Happy Re/new Year!  —  We are thrilled to announce that we are forming our own new and independent media company, Revere Digital, with a pair of respected investors and partners — the NBCUniversal News Group and Terry Semel's Windsor Media.  Revere will be operating news sites and apps, as well as a series of conferences.
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy Camera 2 starts to refine the Android point-and-shoot  —  Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy Camera 2 today, its second take on the idea of a truly smart point-and-shoot.  Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Camera 2 runs Android, has wireless connectivity, and is operated primarily …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
LG's webOS TV revealed in leaked image  —  LG has been rumored to be planning a webOS resurrection for a TV, and now a leaked image appears to offer the first look at the upcoming television.  Evleaks has posted a photo of the rumored LG webOS TV, and the image includes a brief look at the webOS Cards interface.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Meatspace, A World Of Animated Gifs, Human Robots And The Ephemerality Of Snapchat-Like Apps  —  Meatspace, an addictive new web service and mobile app is part Snapchat, part Twitter and part animated gifs.  It works like this: You write an update in 250 characters or less and then pose for the camera on your computer or phone.
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.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
YouTube goes 4K, Google signs up long list of hardware partners for VP9 support  —  YouTube will be demonstrating 4K video at CES in Las Vegas next week, with a twist: The Google-owned video service will be showing off ultra high-definition streaming based on VP9, a new royalty-free codec …
More: TechCrunch
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
China's Xiaomi sells 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, up 160% from a year earlier  —  Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has outdone itself — by selling 18.7 million smartphones in 2013, up 160 percent from a year earlier and more than its initial target of 15 million devices.
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Cody Wilson Rattled Lawmakers With Plastic Gun, Now on to Bitcoin Transactions  —  AUSTIN, Texas— Cody Wilson rattled lawmakers and law-enforcement agencies with a plastic gun created from a 3-D printer, home computer and blueprints he posted online for anyone to download.
More: SiliconBeatTweets: @elisefoley

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