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January 8, 2014, 5:00 AM

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Allen Martin / CBS San Francisco:
Google Launches Private SF Bay Ferry Service To Shuttle Workers  —  REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) - Just as Bay Area high-tech firms such as Google have been using private shuttle buses to transport their workers to their jobs, Google is taking it to another level with its own ferry service on San Francisco Bay.
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” …
David Pogue / Yahoo:
An Introduction To Yahoo Tech!  —  Online customer reviews are fantastic, but there's still something to be said for reading a critic you know.  Over time, you get to know her opinions, preferences, and style.  In fact, even if you can't stand a certain critic's advice—say …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai says cloud TV won't compete with cable, 4K adoption could take seven years  —  At a sit down with Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, the company head spoke on the new products and services introduced at CES 2014, some of which were just introduced today.
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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Nick D'Aloisio / Yahoo:
Yahoo News Digest: Get In The Know In No Time  —  With the introduction of mobile devices, plenty of things have changed.  The way we find, consume and share news has evolved.  As things become more complex in nature, news consumption has become overwhelming.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Reporter's Notebook: Cracking Mark Zuckerberg's Code  —  When I first visited Mark Zuckerberg in September for our profile on the Facebook CEO, what initially struck me were all the parts of “Zuck” that seemed resistant to change.  —  There he sat in his grey t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers uniform …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Red Hat and CentOS become Voltron, build free operating system together  —  Team Voltron, defender of open source.  —  World Events Productions  —  Red Hat and the CentOS Project today said they will team up to build what they called “a new CentOS” in a bid to accelerate adoption of the free operating system.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Three Silicon Valley startups aim to best Google with real-time satellite imagery of Earth  —  Silicon Valley's New Spy Satellites  —  Three startups are launching services—and orbiters—to provide real-time, better-than-Google imagery of the Earth.  —  Imagine an energy company which manages a pipeline through Canada's taiga.
Digits:
Apple continues China push by opening an official store on Alibaba's Tmall  —  Apple Opens Store on Alibaba's Tmall  —  In its latest attempt to boost China sales, Apple Inc. opened an official store on Tmall, a major online marketplace run by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Announces That It Has Acquired “Intelligent Homescreen” Startup Aviate  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer just made her first announcement on-stage at her Consumer Electronics Show keynote — that the company has acquired Aviate, a startup that automatically organizes the apps on your homescreen.
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
At least eight security experts cancel appearance at RSA Conference over NSA ties  —  At least eight security experts boycott prominent security conference over NSA ties  —  At least eight computer security researchers have withdrawn from a major security conference in a protest …
Andrew Longstreth / Reuters:
Apple seeks removal of court-appointed antitrust monitor  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc is seeking the removal of a lawyer appointed by a court to monitor its antitrust compliance following a ruling last year that the company had conspired to fix e-book prices.  —  An attorney for the consumer …
John McDermott / Digiday:
The Shady Practice of Mobile App Install Ads  —  When former CBS Interactive exec Jason Kint tried to read this Associated Press story on his iPhone on Jan. 1, he wasn't just given an intrusive copy-blocking Candy Crush ad.  He was automatically redirected to the download page for the popular mobile game in Apple's App Store.
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Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
An API invasion in streaming music has Pandora hoping better data trumps bigger data  —  Life is probably going to get a lot harder for streaming music pioneer Pandora.  —  Already under fire from Spotify Radio, iTunes Radio and Google Play Music among myriad other smaller services …
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Apple is reportedly having screen technology, battery, and manufacturing issues while building the iWatch  —  Apple has hit a few snags while developing its much-anticipated iWatch device, according to sources cited by The Information.  Issues include challenges with the screen technology …
TechCrunch:
Indian Startup Little Eye Labs Confirms Its Acquisition By Facebook, Deal Worth $10-$15M  —  Last month, we reported that Facebook was planning to buy Little Eye Labs, an Indian startup that makes a software tool for analyzing the performance of Android apps.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Groupon testing a service allowing small brick-and-mortar stores to sell excess inventory  —  Groupon's Next Big Thing?  Helping Mom-and-Pop Shops Unload Extra Inventory.  —  Can Groupon be the T.J. Maxx for local retail stores?  —  The Chicago-based deals company is currently testing …
Shane Cole / AppleInsider:
Signal announces ‘RP One’ full-size Bluetooth game controller for Apple's iOS devices  —  Mobile accessory maker Signal entered the quickly-expanding Made for iPhone game controller race Tuesday with the RP One, a “pro style” controller that connects to Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch over Bluetooth.
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 …
Charles Cooper / CNET:
Ford CEO Mulally makes it official: Not joining Microsoft  —  Ford CEO Alan Mulally said today that he will not leave the company to join Microsoft.  —  In an interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday, the highly-coveted executive said that he would stay with Ford at least through 2014.

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