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January 8, 2014, 10:45 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
More: MacRumorsTweets: @pmarca
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
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 …
More: AdExchangerTweets: @om
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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” …

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Microsoft:
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