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January 7, 2014, 8:50 AM

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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,” which will identify Intel products and services in the security segment.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dennis Fisher / Threatpost:
Bruce Schneier Joins Startup Co3 Systems  —  UPDATE-Bruce Schneier, the famed cryptographer and author who recently left his longtime post at BT, has taken a new position as CTO of Co3 Systems, a startup that provides incident response systems.  Schneier, a central figure in the security industry …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Sony's new UHD TVs are built to support Netflix in 4K when it arrives  —  3D?  Pah. 2014 is the year that 4K makes its first grand assault upon the mainstream.  Naturally, Sony is one of the names leading the charge, and is bolstering the 4K support it added to the Video Unlimited service back in September.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Nuance, Intel build speech commands into PCs — finally  —  LAS VEGAS—PCs from Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo will soon include Nuance's Dragon Assistant, the speech giant's technology for tweeting, Facebooking, and playing music using voice commands.  —  Nuance announced the partnerships here at CES …
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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 …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Autonomy founder Mike Lynch under fire from US Air Force over HP claims  —  Accounting row renewed by US Air Force report rasing possibility of Mike Lynch and two US firms being barred from federal contracts  —  Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, has defended himself against renewed allegations …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Epson introduces new Moverio glasses with head-motion tracking and camera  —  Everybody knows about those other smart glasses, but they're certainly not the only ones making a big fuss these days.  Epson has been working on a similar product called the Moverio BT-100, for the last few years …
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Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Vizio's Portable Smart Audio players run Android, play from built-in streaming apps  —  Don't call it a wireless speaker.  Though Vizio's new Portable Smart Audio players are capable of streaming music over WiFi and Bluetooth, that's not how they were meant to be used.

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