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January 16, 2014, 4:35 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 …
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 …
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: GizmodoTweets: @thecyberwire, @mims and @yelvington
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: ParisLemon, Street Fight and SlashGearTweets: @fillouxThanks:@jpmanga
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.

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