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January 16, 2014, 7:40 PM

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James Ball / Guardian:
NSA collects almost 200 million text messages a day in global “untargeted” sweep  —  NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep  —  The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe …
The Official Google Blog:
Introducing our smart contact lens project  —  You've probably heard that diabetes is a huge and growing problem—affecting one in every 19 people on the planet.  But you may not be familiar with the daily struggle that many people with diabetes face as they try to keep their blood sugar levels under control.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Twitter Gets Serious About Commerce, Nears Deal With Payments Startup Stripe  —  Twitter is close to letting its users purchase products directly through the social network and is nearing a deal with payments startup Stripe to help it accept credit card payments from its users, according to a person familiar with the deal.
More: CNETTweets: @rsarver and @kenli729
Ina Fried / Re/code:
T-Mobile expands ETF payment program to include US Cellular, other regional carriers  —  T-Mobile Broadening Its Program to Pay Switchers  —  T-Mobile plans to expand a recently introduced program that pays new customers up to $350 for breaking their contract with a rival carrier.
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.
Matt Drance / Apple Outsider:
The Net Neutrality Endgame  —  The U.S. Court of Appeals made a significant and troubling decision this week: it shut down a 2010 FCC decree that prevented internet service providers ("ISPs") from selectively enhancing or restricting traffic to certain destinations (websites, streaming services …
More: Wired, Techdirt and Music AllyTweets: @panzer
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's Android phone includes Windows Phone-like UI  —  Images of Nokia's Android phone, codenamed Normandy, were originally published in November, but a number of recent leaks have provided a closer look at the hardware and its software.  Vizileaks has published what appears …
Larry Downing / Reuters:
U.S. government warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers  —  Merchandise baskets are lined up outside a Target department store in Palm Coast, Florida, December 9, 2013.  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. government sent a confidential, 16-page technical bulletin to retailers and other merchants …
More: The Verge
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Intel Beats Q4 Revenue Forecasts With Top Line Of $13.8B, Misses On Profit With EPS Of $0.51  —  Today Intel reported its fourth-quarter earnings, including revenue of $13.83 billion and earnings per share of $0.51.  Investors had expected Intel to earn $0.52 per share on revenue of $13.72 billion.
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 …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Someone's refrigerator just took part in a malicious cyberattack  —  Between December 23 and January 6, more than 100,000 internet-connected smart “things,” including media players, smart televisions and at least one refrigerator, were part of a network of computers used to send 750,000 spam emails.
More: ReadWrite and GizmodoTweets: @eevee, @thecyberwire, @mims and @yelvington
Alex Howard / E Pluribus Unum:
IRS enables Americans to download their tax transcripts over the Internet  —  Earlier today, at the White House Education Datapalooza, an official from the United States Department of the Treasury informed a packed theater and livestream that students, parents and citizens would finally be able …
More: irs.gov, TechCrunch, Gizmodo and UbergizmoTweets: @digiphileThanks:@digiphile

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