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January 4, 2014, 1:20 PM

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Ed Christman / Billboard:
As streaming grows, digital music sales decreased in 2013, the first time since iTunes launch  —  Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013  —  For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales.
Rap Genius:
Rap Genius begins to recover its Google search ranking, details SEO strategies, apologizes  —  Rap Genius is Back on Google  —  In this post we give more details about our misguided SEO strategies and how we got there.  We also explain our process and the tools we used to fix the problem and return to Google.
Jason Kincaid:
Evernote wants to help you “Remember Everything”, but is a bug-ridden elephant  —  Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant  —  To say this post pains me would be an understatement.  More than any other technology, Evernote is part of me, having evolved from habit to instinct over several years and nearly seven thousand notes.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Zynga Links Up With Bitpay For A Bitcoin Payment Test In FarmVille 2, CityVille And Other Web Games  —  Gaming giant Zynga has started to accept the cryptocurrency as a payment option for those buying tokens for virtual goods on the web versions of FarmVille 2, CastleVille, ChefVille …
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Snapchat CEO Won't Say Sorry for Hack  —  The $3 billion boy, Evan Spiegel, had a very good New Year's Eve.  He allegedly partied at a lavish L.A. company fete with Taylor Swift and coworkers, looking back on a meteoric 2013.  His millions of users, however, had their phone numbers stolen …
Droplr:
File-sharing service Droplr to discontinue free accounts  —  Changes coming to your Droplr account  —  Droplr began as an idea between two geeks who wanted an easy way to share files with each other.  So we set aside some weekends and evenings and built an app that could do just that.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
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Freshdesk:
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VMware:
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Zoho:
The customer service lessons we must all learn from that Comcast call  —  By now, you've probably heard the call that hijacked the Internet last week.  If not, let me warn you.  It is painful - incredibly painful.
Pure Storage:
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