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January 6, 2014, 11:25 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 …
Randall Lane / Forbes:
Snapchat's Evan Spiegel And The Antics Of A 23-Year-Old Novice  —  Bill Gates, Michael Dell and Mark Zuckerberg have proven that you can be in your early 20s and have the wisdom to run a transformative billion-dollar company.  Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel seems intent on proving the opposite.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Sony's waterproof flagship Xperia Z1S coming to USA January 22 for $528 at T-Mobile  —  Sony Xperia Z1S: a waterproof flagship exclusive to T-Mobile (hands-on)  —  For the past two years, Sony Mobile could be counted on to introduce new Xperia smartphone lines at CES — the S and Z, specifically.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Intel announces Edison, a 22nm dual core PC the size of an SD card  —  Four months ago, Intel unveiled its Quark SoC at IDF.  Today at CES 2014, company CEO Brian Krzanich wants to introduce you to Edison, a miniature computer based on the same technology condensed into the form factor of an SD card.
More: The Verge and Engadget
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 …
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 …
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: TechCrunch
John Coté / San Francisco Chronicle:
S.F. to charge operators of tech commuter buses  —  (01-06) 13:18 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The operators of employee shuttle buses for Silicon Valley technology and Peninsula biotech firms, which have become a symbol of income disparity in San Francisco, will start paying to use public bus stops, city officials said Monday.
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,” which will identify Intel products and services in the security segment.
More: The Verge and VentureBeatTweets: @theromit
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tweets: @katie_roof and @cgasparino
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.

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