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January 6, 2014, 1:25 PM

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Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
How Mark Zuckerberg turned around Facebook by prioritizing mobile ad revenues  —  Profitable Learning Curve for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  —  In Taking Facebook Public, Reshaping It Around Mobile Phones, Chief Gained Focus on Bottom Line … MENLO PARK, Calif.— Mark Zuckerberg needed help.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Sponsored Data: AT&T will now let companies buy out your data charges for specific videos and apps  —  Today at CES, AT&T announced a new service called Sponsored Data, offering a way for companies to pick up the tab for 4G data usage whenever particular products or services are being used.
Bruce Schneier / Wired:
The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure — And Often Unpatchable  —  We're at a crisis point now with regard to the security of embedded systems, where computing is embedded into the hardware itself — as with the Internet of Things.  These embedded computers are riddled with vulnerabilities, and there's no good way to patch them.
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Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
Google Teams With GM, Honda, and Audi to Bring Android to Cars  —  That kid—the one in the back of the SUV with the iPad—is the automotive industry's worst enemy.  He's also the reason some of the world's biggest automakers are working with Google to bring its Android software into vehicle infotainment systems.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
T-Mobile to buy unused Verizon spectrum in deal worth over $3 billion  —  T-Mobile has agreed to buy 700 MHz A-block spectrum from Verizon Wireless for $2.365 billion.  The sale will also see T-Mobile transfer certain AWS and PCS spectrum licenses with a value of around $950 million to Verizon …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Acquires Image Recognition And Visual Search Startup VisualGraph  —  Pinterest has just acquired two-man startup VisualGraph, which creates machine vision, image recognition, and visual search technologies.  The company's founder Kevin Jing and his partner David Liu are joining the Pinterest engineering team today.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
inMarket Rolls Out iBeacons To 200 Safeway, Giant Eagle Grocery Stores To Reach Shoppers When It Matters  —  Today inMarket is beginning a huge rollout of iBeacons to grocery stores including Safeway and Giant Eagle locations in Seattle, San Francisco and Cleveland.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Nvidia debuts 192-core Tegra K1 processor  —  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, after nearly a year of promising outsized computing power for so-called future “superphones,” took the stage at CES today to unveil the company's latest mobile processor for Android.  The 192 CUDA-core Tegra K1 …
Michael Brown / PC World:
Lenovo announces new consumer desktop PCs at CES, including an Android all-in-one  —  Lenovo announces new consumer desktop PCs at CES, including an Android all-in-one  —  LAS VEGAS—Lenovo announced several new desktop PCs at CES.  And in a move that's sure to give Microsoft heartburn …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
LG will launch its curved G Flex smartphone in the US this quarter on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile  —  LG will launch its curved G Flex Android smartphone in the United States during the first quarter of 2014.  During its press conference at CES, LG said the device would be available on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Roku Moves Beyond The Box, Partnering With Hisense And TCL To Introduce Roku TVs  —  Who would have thought that streaming set-top box manufacturer Roku would actually introduce a TV before Apple?  Well, it looks likely that's going to happen, thanks to partnerships with Hisense and TCL …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Asus rides the 2nd Wave of 802.11ac atop its new Wi-Fi router  —  Asus unveiled a new 802.11ac router at CES in Las Vegas on Sunday.  I know, big whoop right?  The newest and fastest Wi-Fi technology has been on the market for over a year — 802.11ac has already taken off in the enterprise …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
BlackBerry hires former HTC exec to run its devices unit  —  BlackBerry has made another key hire in its battle to turn itself around.  —  Announced by BlackBerry on Monday, former HTC executive Ron Louks will join the company as the president of the Devices and Emerging Solutions unit.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
SteelSeries announces the first MFi Bluetooth game controller for iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch  —  Today we get a look at the first Apple authorized Bluetooth game controller for iOS devices with the Stratus Wireless Controller announced today by SteelSeries.  —  We've already reviewed …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
ZTE's 5.5-inch Grand S II lets your friends unlock the phone with their voice  —  After a brief tease last week, ZTE has at last revealed the Grand S II.  The Android 4.3 smartphone has all the necessary ingredients of an early 2014 flagship, including a 5.5-inch 1080p screen …
Fred Ehrsam / Re/code:
Bitcoin will hold value if it remains the most efficient mechanism for transferring ownership  —  Bitcoin Is Good  —  We read with interest Paul Krugman's recent article in the New York Times, humorously titled “Bitcoin Is Evil.”  Perhaps the most important part of the article is where Dr. Krugman remarks:
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Pure Storage:
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