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January 16, 2014, 2:10 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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Trending Topics On Web With Descriptions Of Why Each Is Popular  —  Following tests of Twitter-style Trending Topics on the web and mobile in August, Facebook today officially launches a redesigned “Trending” section on its web homepage's sidebar in the US, UK, Canada, India and Australia.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
NPD: Apple grabbed 42% of US smartphone share in Q4 2013, Samsung took 26%, as HTC, Motorola, and BlackBerry fell  —  In Q4 2013, Apple and Samsung were the clear winners in the US smartphone race. iPhone ownership increased from 35 percent in Q4 2012 to 42 percent in Q4 2013 …
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 …
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.
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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
LG G Flex coming to Sprint January 31st for $300, preorders begin today  —  The LG G Flex was finally announced for three carriers in the US at CES, but we didn't know any pricing or availability.  It looks like Sprint is the first to strike with the news: the G Flex will be coming …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Secondhand Clothing Marketplace Twice Raises $18.5M From Andreessen Horowitz  —  Online fashion marketplaces are fast picking up steam these days, quickly replacing the traditional auction model pioneered by eBay, as a way to consign, and sell your clothes.  Twice, an online consignment shop …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook plans suite of standalone mobile apps for 2014  —  Messenger is just the tip of the iceberg  —  Facebook's new Messenger app is lightning fast and utilitarian — a vision of the “mobile first” mentality Facebook promised one year ago.  In an earnings call two weeks after Messenger launched …
More: Digits and SlashGearTweets: @chartier and @hamburger
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Mike Grishaver / Pandora Blog:
Discover More Music with Personalized Station Recommendations  —  Music discovery has always been at the heart of the Pandora experience and today we're thrilled to announce the launch of personalized station recommendations on both iOS and Android mobile devices.
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.
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 …
More: DSLreports
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 …

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