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January 7, 2014, 3:30 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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sony announces internet TV service, plans to start testing it later this year  —  Sony wants to launch its own online TV service with a cloud DVR and live TV feeds.  The service will scheduled to go into testing in the U.S. later this year.  —  Not discouraged by Intel's failure to launch …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Fab CEO Jason Goldberg's 3,500-Word Mea Culpa: “We Had Started to Dream in Billions”  —  A new year, a new Jason Goldberg?  After watching himself and his e-commerce company Fab take a very public beating in the second half of 2013, Goldberg kicked off the new year today with a 3,500-word blog post …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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: @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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: 2.5B PCs, Tablets And Mobiles Will Be Shipped In 2014, 1.1B Of Them On Android  —  As the worlds of communication and technology increasingly become mobile-first, the traditional desktop PC continues to go the way of the dodo bird.  The analysts at Gartner are today publishing …
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 …
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.

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