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January 2, 2014, 4:55 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Moto G coming to Verizon Wireless on January 9th for $99.99 off-contract  —  Verizon Wireless prepaid customers will be able to order the Moto G starting January 9th for $99.99.  Motorola's budget handset will be available first online and will appear at the carrier's retail stores “in the coming weeks.”
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.
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.
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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