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January 7, 2014, 4:15 PM

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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.
Jelly:
Biz Stone and Ben Finkel launch Jelly: “a new way to search with pictures and people from your social networks”  —  Introducing Jelly  —  Humanity is connected like never before.  In fact, recent white papers have concluded that the proverbial “six degrees of separation” …
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 …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Sony announces PlayStation Now, its cloud gaming service for TVs, consoles, and phones  —  The PlayStation 4 won't recognize discs from previous Sony game consoles, but that might not matter for long.  Sony has just announced PlayStation Now, a service that will bring streaming PlayStation games to PS4 …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Vine Co-Founder Steps Down From Lead Role at Company  —  Dom Hofmann, co-founder of the social video-sharing service Vine, has stepped down from his lead general manager role at the company, according to three sources close to the situation.  —  Hofmann, who has led the company since …
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.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Oracle buys Corente, pushes into networking more  —  Summary: Corente will add wide area networking virtualization technology to Oracle's red stack.  —  Oracle has acquired Corente, which provides software defined networking applications for networks.  The move gives Oracle another piece of its networking puzzle.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Vimeo speeds its online videos, goes HTML5 by default  —  Vimeo has sped up its video-streaming technology and made the shift from Flash-powered video to HTML5 by default, the company said Tuesday.  —  The new player software improves performance, social links, and post-production capabilities …
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
Peter Rubin / Wired:
The First Look at the New Oculus VR Prototype  —  Every time virtual-reality company Oculus brings a prototype of its Rift headset to a show, it takes another big step forward.  And the prototype at this year's CES may be the biggest leap yet.  —  Last January, Oculus arrived at its first CES with a degree of uncertainty.
More: The Verge and Polygon
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
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: Business Insider and FortuneTweets: @a_wittenbergcoxThanks:@_trendspotter

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