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January 6, 2014, 8:45 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 …
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 …
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.
Tweets: @kashhill
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Broadcom's 5G Wi-Fi chips will triple bandwidth for wireless home networking  —  Broadcom 5G WiFi aims to upgrade the wireless networks in your home.  —  CES 2014 … Broadcom is unveiling new 5G Wi-Fi chips for home networking devices that can triple the typical bandwidth for wireless Internet access in the home.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Huawei's big Ascend Mate 2 4G can charge up your iPhone, coming to the US  —  Given the recent leak, Huawei's announcement of the Ascend Mate 2 4G should be no surprise to anyone.  The device is essentially an LTE Cat 4 (read: 150Mbps!) refresh of its predecessor, packing a similar 6.1-inch 720p IPS panel …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
The Asus Transformer Book Duet hybrid can instantly switch between Windows and Android  —  Back at Computex in June, Asus introduced its Transformer Book Trio — a computer that could function as both a laptop and tablet and dual-booted between Windows 8 and Android.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Intel unveils RealSense hardware and software line, including 3D camera module  —  The takeaway at today's Intel press event?  At this early stage (you know, before the event actually starts), all signs point to the RealSense product line - a number of hardware and software products that …
Jeff Cork / Game Informer:
EA Loses Third Wave Of Studio Founders  —  Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee are leaving the company they founded in 2005, making them the third wave of leaders to depart EA in a week.  —  We reached out to EA, and were given the following short and sweet statement: “Joe and Chris have left Chillingo and EA.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
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VMware:
The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere  —  It's come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.  Let's clear things up:
Zoho:
Customer Spotlight: How One Company Went from No CRM to Zoho CRM Power Users  —  “We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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