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January 5, 2014, 4:26 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Under Mayer, Yahoo Buys — But Will It Ever Divest?  —  In the third quarter of 2013 alone, Yahoo purchased eight companies, including Xobni, Lexity, Rockmelt, and essentially whatever small startup that venture firms managed to entice CEO Marissa Mayer with to meet her ongoing need …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Palm's abandoned webOS plans at HP included phones and tablets, major UI evolution  —  The lost secrets of webOS  —  LG is about to unveil the future of webOS — but there's a past we never saw  —  Next week, LG will unveil new televisions running webOS, the ill-fated operating system it acquired in last February.
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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 …

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