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January 2, 2014, 12:25 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:
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.
More: FortuneTweets: @johnolilly and @jlgolson
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Skype's Twitter, Facebook, and blog hacked by Syrian Electronics Army demanding an end to spying  —  We're not even through the first day of 2014 and cyber attacks are back again.  Earlier today, some person(s) breached Skype's security and hacked its Twitter account, Facebook page, and blog.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Firms Offer Re-Engineered Phones,Encryption After NSA Revelations … PARIS—A crypto war is coming to your pocket.  —  In the Paris area, two security contractors are jumping into a burgeoning market for secure mobile phones and encrypted communications as revelations of widespread U.S …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
The top four tech legal cases to watch in 2014  —  While we're all wiping the champagne-induced sleep from our eyes, inevitably we have to sober up for 2014.  The new year will mark new beginnings for all of us, but it will also mark the continuation (and perhaps conclusion) of a number of high-profile tech legal cases.
Tweets: @dpgatlaw

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