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January 7, 2014, 10:25 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” …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
Tweets: @digitalshieldsThanks:@mcdermott
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Wolfram's Connected Devices Project starts to catalog all electronics for the internet of things  —  Stephen Wolfram recently described his programming language — called, understandably, Wolfram Language — as his “most important project.”  The easy-to-use language, Wolfram says in his blog …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.

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