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January 6, 2014, 10:50 PM

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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 …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Pebble Reveals The Pebble Steel For $249 Shipping Jan. 28; App Store Coming Soon  —  Smartwatch pioneer Pebble is introducing something everyone has been waiting for at CES this year: new hardware.  But the hardware isn't so new that it throws the baby out with the bath water …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Parature For $100M In Deal To Bolster Knowledge Base For Dynamics CRM Platform  —  Microsoft has acquired Parature, a customer service SaaS provider, for $100 million, according to sources close to the deal.  The Parature acquisition gives Microsoft Dynamics, its CRM platform …
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.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @kashhill
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab Pro series comes in 12-, 10- and 8-inch sizes, but looks a little too familiar (hands-on)  —  Not stopping with its new productivity-centered Galaxy Note Pro, Samsung has three more tablets to launch this year.  Say hello to the Galaxy Tab Pro, in 12.2-, 10.1- and 8.4-inch screen sizes.
Ashley Feinberg / Gizmodo:
Netgear's HDMI Dongle Is Your Storage-Friendly Answer to Chromecast  —  While Google's Chromecast might seem poised become the quintessential universal streaming device, it's taking a hell of a long time to get there.  So in the meantime, Netgear's new NeoMediacast dongle is picking …
More: Gigaom, The Verge and CNET
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Mashable raises $13 million to launch expansion effort  —  Nearly a decade into its existence, the news Web site Mashable is taking on outside investors for the first time.  —  The site plans to announce on Monday that it has raised $13.3 million in an equity investment round led by Updata Partners.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft reportedly considers letting consumers pick a device and then its OS: Windows Phone or Android  —  We've already heard rumors that Microsoft has courted smartphone OEMs to offer dual-boot options for Windows Phone and Android, as well as looked at cutting the licensing fees that it normally charges device makers.
Alex Colon / Gigaom:
Corning's antimicrobial Gorilla Glass can kill bacteria on your smartphone  —  It's no secret that smartphones are gross.  More than 59 percent of phone users have confessed to using their device in the bathroom, and those are just the people willing to admit as much to a survey.
Katie Roof / Fox Business:
Source: AOL Tried to Buy Business Insider for $100M+  —  AOL Inc. (AOL) offered to purchase BusinessInsider.com, a popular business and technology news website, for more than $100 million but talks ultimately broke down when the two sides couldn't agree on price, the FOX Business Network has learned.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announces McAfee brand name will be replaced by Intel Security  —  At CES 2014 today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the McAfee brand name will be phased out and replaced by “Intel Security.”  The re-branding will begin immediately, but the transition will take up to a year before it is complete.
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.

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