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January 6, 2014, 3:10 PM

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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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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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Pebble Reveals The Pebble Steel For $249 Shipping Jan. 28; App Store Coming Soon  —  Related Videos  —  Hands-On With The New Anki Drive  —  Sphero Announces Their 2B Model  —  2013 Mac Pro Review  —  Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is introducing something everyone has been waiting for at CES this year: new hardware.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Rebooting webOS: how LG rethought the smart TV  —  Four years after it was first introduced, webOS comes back to CES in a radically different form  —  Things never went very well for webOS.  Between its blockbuster launch at CES in 2009 and its relaunch on LG's smart TVs today lies a history …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Asus' transforming PadFone X is coming to the US on AT&T  —  Asus is unveiling the PadFone X today, the first of its transforming PadFone devices that's headed to a major US carrier.  Though there's no word on exactly when it'll come to the US, AT&T has announced that it will eventually begin carrying the new device.
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 …
Kate Tummarello / TheHill:
Snapchat hires lobbyists for the first time  —  The social network Snapchat has hired lobbyists in Washington for the first time.  —  Snapchat — which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after a certain amount of time — has hired the powerhouse K Street firm Heather Podesta + Partners …
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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.
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 …
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 …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
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