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January 13, 2014, 4:17 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.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
A Whitman Sampler?  Not Exactly, as Apple's Latest Ad Markets With Verse.  —  When the San Francisco 49ers met the Carolina Panthers in NFL playoff game Sunday, Apple was there.  With a brand new ad, its first big broadcast spot touting the new iPad Air.  —  Dubbed “Your Verse Anthem,” …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
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.
Eurogamer.net:
A third-party developer explains the challenges of working with Nintendo and the Wii U  —  The Secret Developers: Wii U - the inside story  —  From reveal to launch and beyond - a third-party developer talks about the challenges of working with Nintendo and its latest console.
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software keyboards with devices like the Z10 and Z30, the company is now looking back to its bread and butter — however outdated — as inspiration.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Web-Based Access To Dropbox Files Is Back For 99% Of Users, But Service Interruption Nears 48 Hours  —  Update: Dropbox says it has restored its core services for all users as of 4:40 PT, and it currently only has to work out a few kinks with the Dropbox photos tab.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Queries to DuckDuckGo increased over 2.5X after Snowden revelations, totaled 1B for 2013  —  Anonymous search tool DuckDuckGo answered 1bn queries in 2013  —  The ‘anti-Google’, which searches the web without tracking or monitoring the user, now answers 4m queries a day
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