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January 13, 2014, 11:35 AM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook acquires link-sharing service Branch for around $15 million  —  Link-sharing service Branch and subsidiary Potluck have agreed to be acquired by Facebook for around $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.
Mike Lennon / SecurityWeek:
Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used in Attack  —  According to Target Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel, point-of-sale (POS) malware was used in the recent attack that compromised millions of credit and debit card account numbers of customers across the country.
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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 …
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.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple now shipping the Mac Pro to Europe once again, after EU ban of old model  —  Since March, the old Mac Pro has not been available to buy in Europe as changes in regulations meant that the old Mac Pro no longer complied with EU law.  In particular, the large exposed fans of the Mac Pro …
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.
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.
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.

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