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January 7, 2014, 11:25 AM

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Apple:
App Store Sales Top $10 Billion in 2013  —  Record-Breaking December with Over $1 Billion in Sales  —  CUPERTINO, CaliforniaJanuary 7, 2014Apple® today announced that customers spent over $10 billion on the App Store in 2013, including over $1 billion in December alone.
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Intel's Edison: a 22nm dual-core PC the size of an SD card, runs Linux, has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules  —  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 …
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.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Steven Levy / Wired:
How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet  —  Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government.  An exclusive look inside their year from hell—and why the Internet will never be the same.  —  Washington Post reporters called …
More: The VergeTweets: @csoghoian, @tobie and @stevenlevy
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Sony announces Oculus Rift virtual reality headset competitor  —  Sony Entertainment president Mike Fasulo briefly shows off the company's new virtual reality headset.  —  CES 2014 … Movie watchers and gamers who just like to enjoy their content alone may like Sony's latest product: a virtual reality headset.
More: NBC Bay Area and VG247
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
Google identifies house numbers in Street View using a neural network for image recognition  —  How Google Cracked House Number Identification in Street View  —  Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that's just as good as human operators.
More: MotherboardTweets: @nypl_labs
Steven Sinofsky / Re/code:
The Four Stages of Disruption  —  Innovation and disruption are the hallmarks of the technology world, and hardly a moment passes when we are not thinking, doing, or talking about these topics.  While I was speaking with some entrepreneurs recently on the topic, the question kept coming up …
Tweets: @balajis
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Android on Windows gets another supporter in AMD  —  It's not just Intel  —  Last week, we told you about Intel's plans to join Windows and Android at the hip, possibly launching a new brand of computer at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that can run both operating systems simultaneously.
Ina Fassbender / Reuters:
China suspends ban on sale of foreign video game consoles  —  (Reuters) - (Adds context, size of China's video game market, company comments)  —  China's State Council said it has temporarily lifted a ban on selling foreign video game consoles, paving the way for firms like Sony Corp …
Jeff Chu / Fast Company:
Can Apple's Angela Ahrendts Spark A Retail Revolution?  —  When the Burberry CEO takes over as Apple's retail chief this spring, she'll arrive with a sterling track record and an open, collaborative spirit that's sure to shake things up in the executive ranks.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Sony's new Core fitness tracker will be the ‘heart’ of its wearable experience (hands-on)  —  Sony's not new to the wearable market, but the company just entered the fitness-tracking market in a big way — during its CES press conference, the company announced Core.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
When Mark Met Evan  —  It's safe to assume that Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg are not best buds.  —  Spiegel, the Snapchat CEO, Monday tweeted a screenshot of an e-mail exchange from November 2012 with the Facebook chief.  The exchange, confirmed as authentic by a Snapchat spokeswoman …
Amanda Hess / Pacific Standard:
The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet  —  I was 12 hours into a summer vacation in Palm Springs when my phone hummed to life, buzzing twice next to me in the dark of my hotel room.  I squinted at the screen.  It was 5:30 a.m., and a friend was texting me from the opposite coast.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers warn of new, meaner ransomware with unbreakable crypto  —  Security researchers have uncovered evidence of a new piece of malware that may be able to take gigabytes' worth of data hostage unless end users pay a ransom.  —  Discussions of the new malware, alternately dubbed PrisonLocker …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
T-Mobile CEO on Being Thrown Out of AT&T's Party: “I Just Wanted to Hear Macklemore”  —  T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been trying to crash AT&T's party metaphorically for a while now.  —  On Monday, he decided to do it literally, working his way into a party that the telecom giant was throwing for its developers at the Palms Hotel.
Michael Brown / PC World:
Asus outs the VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch, $300 Windows tablet with a Wacom stylus  —  LAS VEGAS—Asus will join the likes of Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba when it ships its new 8-inch Windows tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail-class CPU.  But the Asus VivoTab Note 8 has one key differentiator: A Wacom digitizer stylus.
Joe Ryan / Newsday:
Verint to acquire KANA Software for $514 million  —  Verint Systems Inc., one of Long Island's largest and fastest-growing software companies, has reached an agreement to buy a Silicon Valley competitor for $514 million.  —  The pending purchase of KANA Software Inc. from private equity firm Accel-KKR marks …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
AT&T's Sponsored Data is bad for the internet, the economy, and you  —  Another brick in the wall  —  AT&T today announced a new “Sponsored Data” program that lets developers and brands pay to deliver content to your mobile device outside of your data caps.

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Microsoft:
Teachers use Bing home page lesson plans to encourage critical thinking skills  —  Find out how free lesson plans based on images like this Siberian tiger from Bing's home page encourage students to explore subjects in creative and thought-provoking ways.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
Why Run Your Exchange Environment In A Hybrid Cloud Model?  —  VMware vSphere has always been a premier destination for virtualizing packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Zoho:
Zoho on Zoho: How we use Zoho apps to run the show at Zoholics  —  Our goal for each Zoholics user event is to make it perfect for attendees - our customers who travel from all over the world to learn and make the most of Zoho apps for their business.
Syncano:
iOS Developers: How to Get Instant Notifications on your App  —  Within minutes, you can create dynamic iOS apps on Syncano that instantly reflect changes in data by “subscribing” to changes on Syncano's Sync Server.
 

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