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January 17, 2014, 4:25 AM

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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.
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Google's Latest Moon Shot Is a Smart Contact Lens for Diabetes Patients  —  Google has shrunk down a chip and sensor system so small it can be embedded in a contact lens.  —  Instead of a circuit board, the tiny pieces are connected to a circular gold foil antenna mounted on a flexible plastic …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's New Smart Contact Lens Is Old News For Microsoft  —  Google today announced its smart contact lens project, but it's not the first by a long shot (or even a moon shot).  Other companies have long been working on smart lenses — including Microsoft Research, which unveiled a similar project …
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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.
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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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Farhad Manjoo heads to NYT after 4 months at WSJ to replace David Pogue  —  The New York Times Gets its David Pogue Replacement from the Wall Street Journal  —  The New York Times has found a replacement for David Pogue, its high-profile reviewer: Sources say the Times is filling his old slot …
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.
Jeffrey Grubb / VentureBeat:
December 2013 NPD: While both supply constrained, Xbox One outsells PlayStation 4  —  The Xbox One Day One edition controller.  —  The Xbox One and and PlayStation 4 both sold well, but Microsoft's latest console bested its Sony counterpart ... although both are behind Nintendo's 3DS.
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 and The Verge
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.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
China reveals COS: a government-approved operating system designed to break the monopoly of foreign software  —  China's tried to create its very own mobile OS ecosystem in the past, but let's face it, the attempt with OPhone was hardly something that would make the nation proud.
Tom Gara / Digits:
Skype's traffic reached 40% of international telecom market in 2013  —  Skype's Incredible Rise, in One Image  —  Telecommunications research company TeleGeography keeps a close eye on the global telecom system, and for years has documented the shift to Internet-based calling via Skype …
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 …

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