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January 5, 2014, 8:15 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Rapid-Fire Camera App Developer SnappyLabs  —  Apple has acquired the one-man photo technology startup SnappyLabs, maker of SnappyCam, sources tell me.  The startup was founded and run solely by John Papandriopoulos, an electrical engineering PhD from the University Of Melbourne …
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.
George Lewis / Galapagos Digital:
Jeff Bezos flown from cruise in Galapagos islands by Ecuadorian navy after kidney stone attack  —  Billionaire Bezos Flown out of Galápagos  —  Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of the popular Amazon.com shopping website and current owner of the Washington Post …
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Thousands of visitors to yahoo.com hit with malware attack, researchers say  —  Two Internet security firms have reported that Yahoo's advertising servers have been distributing malware to hundreds of thousands of users over the last few days.  The attack appears to be the work of malicious parties …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
Google Buys Timely Alarm Clock Developer Bitspin, Premium IAP Content Is Now Free  —  In an odd bit of M&A news, the developers at Bitspin announced that the small company will be joining forces with Google.  Whether Google has purchased the company outright or merely hired …
Janelle Nanos / Boston Magazine:
Losing Aaron: Bob Swartz on MIT's Role in His Son's Death  —  After his son was arrested for downloading files at MIT, Bob Swartz did everything in his power to save him.  He couldn't.  Now he wants the institute to own up to its part in Aaron's death.  —  There was a point …
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.
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.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Pandora begins targeting ads by musical taste  —  Listen to Pandora, and It Listens Back  —  Pandora, the Internet radio service, is playing a new tune.  —  After years of customizing playlists to individual listeners by analyzing components of the songs they like, then playing them tracks …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Spredfast Raises $32.5M For The “Third Wave” In Social Marketing  —  Social marketing company Spredfast is announcing that it has raised $32.5 million in Series D funding.  —  The round was led by Lead Edge Capital with participation from Austin Ventures, InterWest Partners, and OpenView Partners.

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
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Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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