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January 3, 2014, 4:15 AM

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Jon Phillips / PC World:
Wearable tech at CES 2014: Prepare your body parts for an onslaught of options  —  Wearable technology.  It's an exploding product category in desperate need of a category-defining product.  And now, with the Consumer Electronics Show upon us, we get to see whether some company, any company …
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?
Washington Post:
NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption  —  In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Twitter SVP Chris Fry Breaks Down How His Engineering Org Works  —  You could say Chris Fry has a pretty big job.  —  As Twitter's senior vice president of engineering, he's the guy who makes sure the trains — or rather, tweets — run on time.  He's responsible for managing …
Tweets: @rsarver and @dougw
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
With $130M of bitcoin wealth and plans to sell, the FBI could rattle the virtual currency cage  —  Like any marketplace, the value of bitcoin is driven in large part by supply and demand.  New bitcoin is added to the system at a mathematically controlled rate, but buying and selling activity varies wildly …
Tweets: @jlllow and @pandodaily
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Archos debuting two 4G smartphones at CES, priced at $200 and $250  —  It's not all smartwatches and weather stations for Archos this year at CES.  The company may be diversifying its portfolio a bit at the show, but it's still got its hands in some tried and true categories.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Primavera De Filippi / Wired:
The benefits of mesh networks: cost, elasticity and social impact  —  It's Time to Take Mesh Networks Seriously (And Not Just for the Reasons You Think)  —  The internet is weak, yet we keep ignoring this fact.  So we see the same thing over and over again, whether it's because of natural disasters …

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