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January 6, 2014, 2:00 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.
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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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.
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.
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 …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
LG Lifeband touch and Heart Rate Monitor earphones aim to help you keep fit  —  Televisions aren't the only thing LG brought to CES this year — it's lugged along a couple of wearable fitness devices, too.  In fact, we've already seen one of them.  The company's FuelBand competitor showcased …
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 …
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 …
J.J. Colao / Forbes:
The Inside Story Of Snapchat: The World's Hottest App Or A $3 Billion Disappearing Act?  —  THIRTEEN MONTHS AGO Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, the richest twentysomething in history, reached out to Snapchat's Evan Spiegel, who oversees a revenue-less app that makes photos disappear, with an invitation …
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 …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Vizio updates its Thin + Light laptop and all-in-one with Haswell processors, Iris Pro graphics  —  It's now been exactly two years since Vizio announced it was making the bold move of entering the PC marketplace with its Thin + Light laptops and all-in-one desktop computers.
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 …
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.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora's CES reveal: Ads for cars, radio's wheelhouse  —  Free Pandora listeners who use automobile systems to listen to the Web's top radio service in their cars will hear fewer ads — and marketers will have better targeting.  —  Everybody likes fewer ads — and Pandora is giving it to drivers.

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