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January 7, 2014, 11:55 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.
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
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
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.
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
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: @pmarca and @balajis
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
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 …
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 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.
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 …
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.
More: Fortune and MacRumorsTweets: @a_wittenbergcoxThanks:@_trendspotter
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 …
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.
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.
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.

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