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January 2, 2014, 6:05 PM

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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.
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.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
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 of sustained foreign spying against U.S. corporations.  One of those firms, Mandiant, became a household name …
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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 …
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 …
The Canadian Press:
Singer Alicia Keys to leave BlackBerry after year-long collaboration  —  WATERLOO, Ont.  — BlackBerry is parting ways with singer Alicia Keys, after a year-long collaboration with the smartphone maker.  —  The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says Keys will be leaving her role as its global creative director on Jan. 30.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Nokia says final sayonara to Symbian and MeeGo apps as store freezes updates  —  Summary: Nokia Store for Symbian became a time capsule on 1 January.  —  Liam Tung  —  Nokia's Symbian and MeeGo app store entered a state of suspended animation yesterday, ahead of the store's total shutdown once it's in Microsoft's hands.
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:

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