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January 9, 2014, 2:00 AM

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Sean Hollister / The Verge:
T-Mobile will now pay $350 for you to leave AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon  —  Just as predicted, T-Mobile's latest hyped-up new plan to change the cellular industry is this: the company will pay your early termination fee if you agree to switch.  While T-Mobile CEO John Legere hasn't yet announced it onstage …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
T-Mobile CEO: “This industry blows,” biggest carriers offer “horsesh**”  —  T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has had an eventful week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  He was thrown out of AT&T's CES party Monday night after the company detected his presence.
Tweets: @igrigorik
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile Added 800,000 Prized Customers in 4th Quarter  —  T-Mobile's Gains Cap a Turnaround Year for Carrier  —  Now it's clear what AT&T Inc. was worried about.  —  T-Mobile US Inc. said Wednesday it added 800,000 of the industry's most lucrative phone customers in the last three months of 2013 …
Edwin Chan / Reuters:
Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight: court filing  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Struggles to Turn Watson Computer Into Big Business  —  Revenue Is Far From Company's Ambitious Targets … Three years after International Business Machines Corp. began trying to turn its “Jeopardy"-winning computer into a big business, revenue from Watson is far from the company's ambitious targets.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
In interview with David Pogue, Nick D'Aloisio touts positive Yahoo News Digest reviews likely written by Yahoo employees  —  The Curious Case Of Yahoo's App Reviews  —  Summly founder Nick D'Aloisio, in an interview with Yahoo's David Pogue, touted his new app's positive reviews.  But who's writing them?
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Online Privacy Could Spark U.S.-EU Trade Rift  —  French, Spanish Fines Against Google Are Latest Flare-Ups in Trans-Atlantic Disagreement … PARIS—Knowing what Europeans like Rémi Boulle bought for Christmas could spark the next trans-Atlantic trade battle.
Tweets: @willmauldin
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Plans Galaxy S5 by April With Possible Eye-Scan Security  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will release its Galaxy S5 smartphone by April and is considering using iris scanning technology for the first time as it readies the new high-end handset to compete with Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s latest iPhones.
More: The Verge
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
1 PC, 2 operating systems: Intel introduces Dual OS, AMD adds Android apps to Windows  —  Summary: Intel and partners are going to be bringing us PCs that run both Android and Windows 8.1.  Meanwhile, AMD and its partner BlueStacks will enable users to run Android and its apps on Windows.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Digital movie sales up 47% in 2013 as studios allow digital purchases before rental, physical  —  Sales of Online Movies Jumps; DVDs Continue to Decline  —  Delaying Availability of DVDs, Rentals Nudged Consumers … After years of trying to convince consumers to buy movies online …
More: ParisLemon, CNET and BGRTweets: @benfritz
Lester Victor Marks / AppleInsider:
First look: iOS-connected smart watches, health trackers, home automation from Archos  —  Archos is hitting the wearable devices market hard in 2014, with a new range of products showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show capable of connecting to Apple's iOS mobile platform via Bluetooth Low Energy.
More: Engadget
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Microsoft CEO Selection Unlikely to Come in January, as Candidate List Contracts and Expands  —  The selection of a CEO to take over Microsoft is not expected to come before February, according to multiple sources, due to a range of issues, including the packed schedule of the software giant's chairman Bill Gates this month.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
New York Times redesign points to future of online publishing  —  The last time The New York Times embarked on a wholesale redesign of its Web site, in 2006, the iPhone wasn't on the market.  Tablets like the iPad were still years away.  —  So the new design that The Times is unveiling Wednesday …
Bloomberg:
Bitcoin Woos Washington to Ensure Lawmakers Don't Kill It  —  Bitcoin advocates entered Washington a year ago with the shadow of a federal criminal investigation cast over the virtual currency industry.  —  Their first mission: Win over, or at least not alarm, the U.S. Treasury Department's …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Confide: an app for execs who want sensitive messages to vanish Snapchat-style  —  Many people associate “disappear” apps like Snapchat with young people who want to send each other bong or boob shots.  But kids are hardly the only ones who want to relay sensitive or silly messages without leaving a permanent trace on the internet.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
DoS attacks that took down big game sites abused Web's time-sync protocol  —  69 percent of all DDoS attack traffic by bit volume in the first week of January was the result of NTP reflection.  —  Black Lotus  —  Miscreants who earlier this week took down servers for League of Legends …

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