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January 8, 2014, 12:25 PM

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber CEO: Surge Pricing Is Here to Stay … Some year in the near future, Travis Kalanick could transform the car-service app Uber into a multipurpose logistics conglomerate, delivering an array of physical products around cities in addition to people.  —  For now, though, he's still fighting in the trenches.
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.
Jason Evangelho / Forbes:
Dell Wasn't Joking About That 28-Inch Sub-$1000 4K Monitor; It's Only $699  —  Last month Dell launched a pair of UltraSharp monitors boasting 4K resolution, and dangled a sweet carrot in front of our early adopting paws: a forthcoming 28-inch Ultra HD monitor that would retail for less than $1000.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Current Employees Raise the Bar for New Hires  —  Scores of Workers are Deputized to Vet Job Candidates, Ensure Cultural Fit  —  In fulfilling online orders, Amazon.com Inc. is all about expediency.  The fewer people involved the better.  —  But when it comes to filling higher-level jobs …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
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.
Jessica Naziri / Los Angeles Times:
At CES 2014, the hottest new gadget is your car  —  Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg shows off Internet-connected and self-driving cars at CES 2014.  (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg )  —  LAS VEGAS — When it comes to CES, most people think of small portable devices and other electronic gadgets.
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Barnes & Noble appoints Michael Huseby to CEO post  —  Barnes & Noble has appointed a new CEO to lead the bookseller's retail and digital businesses.  —  Michael Huseby is now CEO at Barnes & Noble, the company announced on Wednesday.  In his new role, Huseby will lead Barnes & Noble's retail, college, and Nook Media operations.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
LinkedIn sues to stop bots that are stealing its user profiles  —  Professional network LinkedIn is fighting off shady competitors that are using bots to vacuum up hundreds of thousands of its user profiles in order to compete with LinkedIn's own recruiter products, according to a new lawsuit.
Kellex / Droid Life:
T-Mobile Ads Confirm UnCarrier 4 Plans: Pay ETFs for Families Who Transfer  —  This evening, hours before T-Mobile takes the stage at CES 2014 for UnCarrier part 4, an ad popping up on tech sites has essentially confirmed part of the program.  According to the ad - which we have included below …
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.
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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Matt McGee / Glass Almanac:
Google Talks UK Government Into Allowing Drivers to Wear Google Glass [Report]  —  Following talks between Google and the UK's Department for Transport (DfT), it appears that drivers in the UK will be allowed to wear Google Glass if they want.  —  According to an article in the Sunday Times …
Joseph Stromberg / Surprising Science:
This Clear, Flexible Electronic Circuit Can Fit on the Surface of a Contact Lens  —  A new, ultra thin circuit (shown embedded on a contact lens placed on a prosthetic eye) could someday be used in implantable medical devices or environmental sensors.  Image via Salvatore et. al.
More: Gigaom, Gizmodo and The RegisterTweets: @smithsonianmag
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Apigee Acquires InsightsOne To Deepen API Analytics Offerings  —  Apigee, an API management company, has acquired InsightsOne for its predictive analytics technology.  With InsightsOne, Apigee will have a platform that helps companies find patterns in multiple data sources to, for instance …
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.
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 …

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