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January 16, 2014, 12:15 PM

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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Now integrated in Chrome Canary builds, with weather, scores, traffic, and reminder cards  —  Google Now in Chrome for Desktop  —  Google Now cards are available in the latest Chrome Canary build for Windows and Mac (34.0.1788).  You only need to go to chrome://flags/#enable-google- now …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
OUYA Founding Team Member And VP Of Product Development Departs  —  One of OUYA's founding members, Muffi Ghadiali, has left the company, TechCrunch has learned.  Ghadiali was instrumental in helping launch the OUYA on Kickstarter and to the consumer market, and has previous experience working for Lab126 …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft CEO Candidate List Is Said to Include Ericsson's Vestberg  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s board is considering Ericsson AB Chief Executive Officer Hans Vestberg as a potential successor to departing leader Steve Ballmer, according to people briefed on the search.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Steam Controller drops touchscreen, adds physical buttons (update: new controller image)  —  It turns out that Valve's hardware beta was an actual beta: the Steam Controller is dropping its touchscreen and adding some physical buttons before going up for sale via Steam and at retail later this year.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
A First Look at the Target Intrusion, Malware  —  Last weekend, Target finally disclosed at least one cause of the massive data breach that exposed personal and financial information on more than 110 million customers: Malicious software that infected point-of-sale systems at Target checkout counters.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify Drops Free Web Listening Time Limit Everywhere - A Big Scalability Milestone  —  Spotify's advertising engine and paid customer conversion funnel are finally working well enough that today it eliminated all limits on free, ad-supported web listening in all countries.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, a low-end 7-inch Android tablet  —  Samsung is throwing yet another Android tablet into the mix; a 7-inch slate called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.  —  The WSVGA display sports a 1024×600 pixel resolution (170 ppi), which falls far below high-end devices …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Warehouse Workers Vote Against Joining Union  —  In the first vote of its kind among workers employed by Amazon in the U.S., a group of up to 30 of the commerce giant's warehouse workers at a Delaware distribution center voted against unionization today.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: eBay To Launch “The Plaza,” A New Brand-Focused Online Mall For Retail Goods  —  According to a new report from Macquarie Capital, marketplace giant eBay is set to launch a new vertical this spring called The Plaza on eBay that will focus on direct-to-consumer sales.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
BitTorrent Creator's New Software DissidentX Hides Secrets In Plain Sight  —  Encryption tools help people keep secrets.  Bram Cohen has a more subtle ambition: he wants to help people keep secret the act of keeping secrets.  —  For the last year Cohen, who created the breakthrough file …
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
A third of SF cabbies switched from registered cabs to Uber, Lyft or Sidecar in the past year  —  San Francisco cab drivers are Uber's latest pickup  —  Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing upstarts are transforming a slow-to-change industry from the outside in.  —  FORTUNE — Being a cab driver isn't what it used to be.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Partners With MakerBot and Shapeways To Bring 3D Printing Support To Photoshop, Adds Perspective Warp Tool & Resets 30-Day Trials  —  Adobe today launched the latest update to its subscription-based Creative Cloud suite.  While the company is updating a variety of its tools …
Larry Seltzer / ZDNet:
Microsoft to extend Windows XP antimalware updates one year  —  Summary: Security updates for Windows XP will end this April, but updated antimalware signatures for the operating system will continue for another year.  —  Microsoft has announced that they will continue to supply antimalware signatures …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Price war in U.S. mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage  —  (Reuters) - New Year's rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry's profits could seriously decline.  —  After months of aggressive moves by T-Mobile US to lure customers from other carriers …
Bloomberg:
Obama Said to Keep NSA in Charge of Phone Records for Now  —  President Barack Obama's plan to keep phone data with the National Security Agency for now is a victory for telecommunications companies, which resisted the idea of holding the records themselves over concerns about lawsuits, lost business and unwanted responsibility.
Jim Salter / Ars Technica:
Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside “next-gen” filesystems  —  We look at the amazing features in ZFS and btrfs—and why you need them.  —  Most people don't care much about their filesystems.  But at the end of the day, the filesystem is probably the single most important part of an operating system.

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