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January 13, 2014, 9:30 AM

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Reuters:
Exclusive: More well-known U.S. retailers victims of cyber attacks - sources  —  (Reuters) - Target Corp and Neiman Marcus are not the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season last year, according to sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.
Liam Boogar / Rude Baguette:
Taxi protest in Paris turns to guerrilla warfare as Uber car attacked on freeway  —  The right to protest has always been powerfully upheld in France - whether it's protesting an immigrant's right to healthcare, the closing of a factory, or even Taxis, who have perfected the art of making their voice heard …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook acquires link-sharing app Branch for $15 million  —  Link-sharing service Branch and subsidiary Potluck has agreed to be acquired by Facebook for $15 million, sources familiar with the deal told The Verge.  Branch CEO Josh Miller broke the news in a Facebook post this morning, but didn't disclose a price.
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Internet of Things: The “Basket of Remotes” Problem  —  We count on WiFi and Bluetooth in our homes, but we don't have appliances that provide self-description or reliable two-way communication.  As a result, the Internet of Things for consumers is, in practice, a Basket of Remotes.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
BlackBerry CEO: our future devices will ‘predominantly’ have hardware keyboards  —  An excellent keyboard was Blackberry's original claim to fame.  But after a couple years focusing on software keyboards with devices like the Z10 and Z30, the company is now looking back to its bread and butter — however outdated — as inspiration.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Big Money Monday: Trustpilot (Copenhagen) raises $25m, Delivery Hero (Berlin) orders $88m  —  You won't see many funding announcements here on Tech.eu, but the following ones are just too notable to ignore:  —  Delivery Hero scores $88 million round  —  Delivery Hero, the Berlin company behind …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Steam Machines are here: how Alienware is realizing Valve's game console dream  —  Alienware leads the charge for Linux-based gaming PCs  —  Nearly two years ago, we broke the news that Valve was working on its very own game console.  The reasons weren't yet clear.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Gestural interfaces fulfill Hollywood's fictional future, but may not be what we want or need  —  I am the interface  —  Gestural computing is about to change everything  —  Asteroids are barreled towards Earth from every direction, and my only defense was my eyes.  I looked at one asteroid.
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Accenture to Take Over Fixing HealthCare.gov Website  —  Consulting Giant Tapped to Take Reins From CGI, Whose Contract Wasn't Renewed  —  Fixing the troubled HealthCare.gov site will fall to Accenture LLP, a widely known consulting giant tapped to replace an embattled contractor that led the health portal's rocky debut.
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