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January 7, 2014, 7:55 PM

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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” …
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.
David Pogue / Yahoo:
An Introduction To Yahoo Tech!  —  Okay, Seriously: What The Heck Is Bitcoin, And Why Do So Many People Prefer It To Dollars And Cents?  —  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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Danny Yadron / Digits:
Kanye's Lawyer Moves to Block Coinye  —  Lawyers for Kanye West filed cease-and-desist papers against the seven anonymous coders behind Coinye West, a virtual currency that went from chatroom joke to Internet sensation last week.  —  The legal document, dated Jan. 6, includes an image of Coinye …
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.
Tyler Gold / The Verge:
Sprint launches new ‘Framily’ plans that let you and your friends team up to save money on your bill  —  Sprint will soon launch a competitive new way for you to save on your monthly phone bill.  According to a source familiar with the service, the new option will be called a ‘Framily’ plan …
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.
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 …
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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Microsoft:
Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
Atlassian:
Every team needs kick-ass code reviews  —  Code reviews help spread knowledge and coding best practices throughout a team.  In this article we'll take a look at why code reviews are important, and how to optimize the practice.
Zoho Blogs:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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