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January 17, 2014, 3:35 PM

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Reuters:
Obama bans spying on leaders of U.S. allies, scales back NSA program  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced a ban on U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday, and rein in the vast collection of Americans' phone data in a series of reforms triggered by Edward Snowden's revelations.
The Verge:
President Obama's NSA reforms show both promise and peril  —  The president's NSA changes have potential to increase privacy, but need concrete action  —  President Obama just announced big changes to America's massive government surveillance programs, promising to add new safeguards …
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.
Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Plan New One Phone With Larger Screen, Better Camera  —  HTC Corp. (2498) plans a March release for the latest version of its HTC One smartphone featuring a larger screen and twin-sensor rear camera, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.
Nick Summers / Businessweek:
ATMs, 95% of which run Windows XP, must upgrade by April 8 to avoid losing support  —  ATMs Face Deadline to Upgrade From Windows XP  —  One-dollar bills.  Envelope-free deposits.  Stamp dispensers.  These are a few of the features that Wells Fargo (WFC), Bank of America (BAC) …
More: GizmodoTweets: @murtaugh
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Code points to a Google “Fitness API” allowing Android apps to view and edit activity data  —  Google Works on a Fitness API for Android  —  Wearables are now the next big thing.  A lot of companies develop smart watches, smart glasses and head-up displays, smart headphones, smart clothes.
David Kravets / Wired:
Supreme Court to Decide if Warrants Needed to Search Mobile Phones  —  The Supreme Court today agreed to decide the unsolved constitutional question of whether police may search, without warrants, the mobile phones of suspects they arrest.  —  The justices did not immediately schedule …
More: USA Today
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to begin in-store iPhone 5c screen repairs next week  —  We've gotten word from multiple sources that Apple will begin repairing/replacing broken iPhone 5c displays in its retail stores next week.  The current plan is to begin offering replacements on Monday, January 20th.
Noel Randewich / Reuters:
Intel announces plans to cut 5% of its 107k workforce this year  —  Exclusive: Intel says to reduce workforce by 5 percent in 2014  —  People visit the Intel booth at the 2013 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei June 4, 2013.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
With 60M downloads, BitTorrent's Bundle experiment is paying off  —  The Internet has created a world where value is determined by virality.  —  BitTorrent is contributing to the evolution of how content gets shared.  The creator of file-sharing technology revealed today that people …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Breach at Neiman Marcus Went Undetected From July to December  —  The computer network at Neiman Marcus was penetrated by hackers as far back as July, and the breach was not fully contained until Sunday, according to people briefed on the investigation.  —  The company disclosed the data theft …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple details secure ‘touchless’ e-wallet strategy in patent filing  —  Apple has been coy in revealing its plans for a touchless payment solution, but a patent filing discovered on Thursday gives clues as to where the company is headed.  —  Tech companies like Google are looking …
Computerworld:
Target credit card data was sent to server in Russia  —  The stolen credit card numbers of millions of Target shoppers took an international trip — to Russia.  —  The stolen credit card numbers of millions of Target shoppers took an international trip — to Russia.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nintendo warns of loss after slashing Wii U sales forecast by 69 percent  —  Throughout the past year, Nintendo CEO and president Satoru Iwata has maintained his belief that the company will turn an operating profit of ¥100 billion yen in 2014, even in the face of disappointing Wii U sales.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
VP Of Product Michael Sippey Is Leaving Twitter  —  Twitter's Vice President of Product Michael Sippey just announced that he's stepping into an advisory role at the company, then moving on to, well, something else.  —  In a company email that Sippey also posted on his blog, he said he realized that …
More: sippey, etc. and Re/codeTweets: @rsarver, @sacca and @sippey
Alex Howard / E Pluribus Unum:
California court rules blogger has same First Amendment protections as traditional media  —  Here's the summary of the decision, published earlier today: … You can read the whole thing ruling (appropriately enough) or the backstory on the case of the Obsidian Finance Group and defendant Crystal Coxat …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Congressional Reps Ask Bruce Schneier To Explain To Them What The NSA Is Doing, Because The NSA Won't Tell Them  —  This is both depressing and good news at the same time.  A group of Congressional Representatives (who are among the most critical of the NSA) apparently asked Bruce Schneier …
New York Times:
Yahoo's Bumps on a Road to Revival  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It looks as if the Google pixie dust isn't so easy to spread around.  —  Marissa Mayer's arrival at Yahoo as chief executive a year and a half ago was widely hailed as an opportunity to infuse the struggling Internet pioneer with the smarts …

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