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January 2, 2014, 8:50 PM

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Brian Fung / The Switch:
Mandiant, which rooted out Chinese hackers for the NYT, acquired by FireEye for nearly $1 billion  —  Mandiant, which rooted out Chinese hackers for the NYT, is being snapped up for nearly $1 billion  —  The past year saw the dramatic rise of information security firms in the face …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Netflix uses the 76,897 micro-genres it assigns to videos  —  How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood  —  If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you.  Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd.  Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries?
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Nest Raising Huge New Round From DST, Valuing Smart Home Startup at Upwards of $2 Billion  —  Nest Labs, the innovative smart home startup, is close to completing a deal to raise upwards of $150 million in a new round of financing that values it at more than $2 billion, according to sources close to the situation.
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Facebook faces suit for allegedly intercepting private messages  —  Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating its members' right to privacy.  The social network is being sued by members who claim that the company intercepts private messages, without consent, to mine the data for its own profit.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
It's Not a Church, It's Just an Apple Store  —  Attention fanboys and fangirls: Your favorite tech hardware, software and services are not religious objects.  And the companies that make them aren't cults or faiths.  They are capitalist enterprises, out to make a profit, grab market share, and, if they can, make products you will buy.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Says It's Improving Its App, Service To Prevent Future User Data Leaks  —  Snapchat has released an official post about the recent leak of 4.6M usernames and phone numbers from its servers.  The post blames what it says was ‘abuse’ of its API on the leak, but acknowledges …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Surface, Kindle Fire are likely holiday winners, but iPad still rules the web surfing roost  —  It's a safe bet many people bought or received a new smartphone or tablet for the holidays.  Which ones did they get?  That's difficult to say for sure, but with some data from Chitika, we can get a pretty good idea.
Ron / WinBeta:
Replacement and new Surface Pro 2 devices being sent out with upgraded specs, includes newer CPU  —  Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 has been the center of attention since the December 2013 firmware update release.  Numerous Surface Pro 2 owners were facing issues installing the update, poor battery life, and various other issues.
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 …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
5 Steps to launching a thriving Q&A Community  —  Imagine having a self-governing community of engaged employees answering each others' questions, solving problems, and sharing new ideas!
Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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