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January 3, 2014, 3:45 PM

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Andreessen: Bubble Believers 'Don't Know What They're Talking About'  —  Venture Capitalist Discusses the Current State of Tech Investing  —  In a 2011 essay in The Wall Street Journal, venture capitalist and Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen predicted that software companies are …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A Tablet for Children That Comes With Its Own Penguins  —  GLENDALE, Calif. — DreamWorks Animation first captivated children in movie theaters.  Then it branched into TV, piping cartoons based on hits like “Madagascar” and “How to Train Your Dragon” into homes through outlets like Nickelodeon and Netflix.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Acer unveils two new sub-$200 Android tablets, a $1099 desktop, and an updated C720 Chromebook  —  Acer has unveiled several new Android-based devices that will be on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  —  In particular, the company announced the debut of two new tablets.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BlackBerry Sues Ryan Seacrest's Smartphone Keyboard Startup  —  BlackBerry, the struggling mobile device maker, filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Typo Products, the startup co-founded by Ryan Seacrest that has developed a smartphone keyboard attachment.
John Siracusa / Hypercritical:
Apple's 2013 Scorecard  —  At the beginning of last year, I posted a list of things Apple can and should do during 2013.  It's time to settle up.  Because I'm feeling scholastic, I'll give a letter grade to each item.  —  Ship OS X 10.9 and iOS 7.  Done and done, with only a few minor bumps in the road.
More: AppleInsider and Daring FireballTweets: @siracusa and @gruber
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
AT&T Hits Back at T-Mobile with Up to $450 in Credits for Switchers  —  Over the past year, T-Mobile US has been shaking up the U.S. carrier market with its “Un-carrier” plans, the addition of the iPhone to its device lineup, and a frequent device upgrade program, enticing several …
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Vine Sprouts Its 6-Second Mayhem on the Web  —  Vine, Twitter's looping 6-second video app, is making the leap from mobile to the webtoday.  —  Unlike some mobile services like Instagram, Vine's web existence isn't just a pretty way to view your Vines in a browser.
Scott Stump / Today:
Snapchat CEO: ‘We thought we had done enough’ to prevent hack  —  Just days before Snapchat was hacked for the private account information of millions of users, a security company warned that the popular photo messaging app was vulnerable.  Nonetheless, Snapchat's CEO thought the company …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Multiple gaming platforms hit with apparent DDoS attacks  —  The servers for Steam, Origin, Battle.net, and League of Legends were brought down temporarily overnight by apparent DDoS attacks that seem to be related to a swatting attack on an individual known for streaming games.
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.

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