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January 20, 2014, 5:10 AM

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Rolfe Winkler / Digits:
Google Removes Two Chrome Extensions Amid Ad Uproar  —  Google removed two Chrome browser extensions from its web store after it was discovered the software included code that served people ads in a way that violated the company's terms of service.  —  Internet message boards were abuzz …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
As Microsoft CEO Rumors Continue to Churn, One Thing Is Clear: Gates Will Be More Visible at Microsoft  —  On Friday, the latest chatter in the ongoing rumor mill that has become the Microsoft CEO search began again, with sudden noise that the new leader would be announced sometime in the next few days.
Joshua Hunt / New Yorker:
Sony's SRF-39FP Radio: The iPod of Prison  —  In early 2005, Josh Demmitt arrived at a federal prison camp, in Sheridan, Oregon, to serve a thirty-month sentence for starting a fire outside an animal-testing facility at Brigham Young University.  The nineteen-year-old received a warm welcome …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Oppo N1 review: first legit CyanogenMod phone lacks LTE, doesn't stand out next to competition  —  Oppo N1 review: CyanogenMod goes legit  —  Out of the hacker forums and into the real world  —  If you've ever owned an Android phone and have even lightly explored the world of custom ROMs …
Paul Sieminski / Wired:
Corporations Abusing Copyright Laws Are Ruining the Web for Everyone  —  Picture this somewhat typical scenario: Before breakfast, you use WordPress to write your morning blog post, which includes a screen shot of a movie you saw last night, along with your thoughts about the film.
David George-Cosh / Canada Real Time:
Canada Says Bitcoin Isn't Legal Tender … Canada doesn't consider bitcoin to be legal tender, a government official said, putting a question mark over the use of the increasingly popular virtual currency here.  —  The Canadian government, along with regulators including the central bank …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify opens up merchandise-selling feature to all artists  —  Over recent weeks, more than 200 artists have been selling merchandise through their Spotify profiles, after the streaming music service announced a partnership with D2C firm Topspin to launch the new feature.  Now it's being opened up to everyone.
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Activist groups like OpAntiBully try to help bullying victims, doxx perpetrators  —  The Online Avengers … One day last April, a 25-year-old named Ash smoked a cigarette in the garden of his London workplace and scrolled through the Twitter feed on his phone.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Rise Of The Hedge Fund Startup Investor (Again)  —  The first question I thought of when I read that San Francisco hedge fund Coatue Management was the backer behind Snapchat's $50 million round of funding was which VC firm lost the deal.  My second question was why take money from a hedge fund?
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