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January 9, 2014, 11:15 AM

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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.
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.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Yahoo malware turned European computers into bitcoin slaves  —  Search firm remains silent on how its ad servers infected Windows PCs of visitors to homepage  —  As many as two million European users of Yahoo may have received PC malware from virus-laden ads served by its homepage over a four-day period last week.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Lenders Use Social Media to Screen Borrowers  —  Borrowers Hit Social-Media Hurdles  —  Regulators Have Concerns About Lenders' Use of Facebook, Other Sites  —  WASHINGTON—More lending companies are mining Facebook, Twitter and other social-media data to help determine a borrower's creditworthiness …
More: Gigaom and Marketing PilgrimTweets: @wsj and @lheron
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.
More: Marketing Land and bizjournalsTweets: @willmauldin
David Meyer / Gigaom:
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: Gigaom and Engadget
Lauren Orsini / ReadWrite:
The Most In-Demand Tech Skills: Why Java And The Classics Ruled 2013  —  If you're a Java developer, chances are you did pretty well for yourself in 2013.  —  At least, that's according to statistics from Stack Overflow.  Thousands of companies use the website's Careers 2. search in order …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
From Stephen Colbert to Obama: the origin and evolution of Reddit's AMA  —  AMA: How a Weird Internet Thing Became a Mainstream Delight  —  Reddit's question-and-answer format imports the aspirational norms of honesty and authenticity from pseudonymous Internet forums into mainstream interviews.
Andrew Grush / Android Authority:
ZTE shows off its own Project Ara alternative, the Eco-Mobius modular concept  —  When we first heard about Phonebloks, we though it was a cool idea but mostly just a pipedream that had little chance of becoming a reality.  Shortly after that, Motorola announced their own modular phone concept called Project Ara.
Wall Street Journal:
Dish Pulling Its Bid for LightSquared  —  Letter of Termination of Bid Expected to Be Disclosed as Soon as Thursday Morning  —  Dish Network Corp. is officially pulling its bid for LightSquared Inc., the telecommunications firm in bankruptcy that has wireless spectrum Dish has been coveting …
More: CNET
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?
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Tech Angels Cross The $1 Billion Mark In 2013  —  Buoyed by a stronger economy, angel investors companies worldwide poured a record amount of cash into early-stage technology and life-sciences companies, according to data from CrunchBase.  —  Angel investments have been climbing steadily since 2008 …
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: WebProNews, BGR, ParisLemon and CNETTweets: @benfritz

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