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January 16, 2014, 1:10 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.
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
He Was Fired: Here's Marissa Mayer's De Castro Buh-Bye Memo to Yahoo Staff  —  Here it is, the internal memo to Yahoo staff about the sudden — though it was not sudden, by any means — leave-taking today of its COO, Henrique De Castro, courtesy of one of my 10,563 sources left at Yahoo!
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Michael Davidson / Xconomy:
FullContact Buys Cobook, Adds Address-Book Apps and 1M Users  —  Denver-based startup FullContact announced today that it has acquired Cobook, a Latvia-based company that's created a popular contact management app for Apple users.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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
Bloomberg:
Verizon Victory on Net-Neutrality Rules Seen as Loss for Netflix  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)'s legal victory over the Federal Communications Commission lets the carrier charge extra fees for speedier delivery of online content, potentially increasing costs for Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and other Internet companies.

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