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January 22, 2014, 10:35 AM

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Marc Andreessen / DealBook:
Why Bitcoin Matters  —  Editor's note: Marc Andreessen's venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested just under $50 million in Bitcoin-related start-ups.  The firm is actively searching for more Bitcoin-based investment opportunities.  He does not personally own more than a de minimis amount of Bitcoin.
Glenn Fleishman / Medium:
On the Matter of Why Bitcoin Matters  —  Marc Andreessen was a big part of turning the Web into a mainstream experience, but seems to misunderstand Bitcoin profoundly, writes Glenn Fleishman.  —  Marc Andreessen wrote an essay for the New York Times about Bitcoin, “Why Bitcoin Matters,” …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon considering online live TV service, has approached at least three media conglomerates seeking rights to distribute their channels  —  Amazon Considering Online Pay-TV Service  —  Live TV Channels Would Compete With Cable, Satellite  —  Amazon.com Inc. has approached big entertainment companies …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Denies It Has Plans to Create an Over-the-Top TV Service  —  Internet retailer has approached TV networks about licensing deals, WSJ reports  —  Amazon.com denied a report that it was seeking to license TV channels to launch a broadband-delivered television service.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
U.S. court finds Samsung to infringe one Apple patent, declares one Samsung patent invalid  —  In a summary judgment order entered late on Tuesday (January 21, 2014), Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung patent cases in the Northern District of California …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google and Apple shuttles will pay to use San Francisco's public bus stops  —  The shuttle buses that transport workers for huge tech firms like Google, Facebook, and Apple between San Francisco and Silicon Valley every day have come under heavy fire lately, but today a vote was passed unanimously …
Gordon Kelly / Forbes:
Here Are 24 Countries Where Windows Phone Outsells The iPhone (And Why It Does)  —  Statistics may say Windows 8 is a flop but, contrary to popular opinion, Windows Phone is far from down and out in the battle for our mobile affections.  In fact in many parts of the world sales are rocketing past the iPhone.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Makes You “Find The Ghosts” To Keep Hackers From Stealing Your Phone Number  —  Snapchat now verifies new users aren't robots by making them choose its ghost mascot within images.  It's an attempt to keep out hackers who could steal phone numbers by exploiting a leaked database of details on 4.6 million accounts.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Developer activates Apple's upcoming iOS in the Car system, shows different interface  —  Ahead of Apple's launch of iOS in the Car later this year, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has seemingly activated the feature inside what we presume is the iOS Simulator. iOS in the Car allows an iOS 7 user …
Brian Beach / Backblaze Blog:
Hitachi hard drives used by Backblaze have remarkably low failure rates versus Seagate, WD  —  What Hard Drive Should I Buy?  —  My last two blog posts were about expected drive lifetimes and drive reliability.  These posts were an outgrowth of the careful work that we've done at Backblaze …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Russian Spy Nodes Caught Targeting Anonymous Facebook Users  —  Somewhere in Russia an eavesdropper is operating a network of wiretapped nodes at the edge of the Tor anonymity network.  And he's particularly interested in what you're doing on Facebook.  —  That's the conclusion of two researchers …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
CONFIRMED: Man Interrogated By FBI For Wearing Prescription Google Glass At The Movies  —  A man who went to the movies with his wife in Columbus, Ohio, was subjected to a terrifying hour-long interrogation by the FBI because employees at the AMC theater saw him wearing Google Glass.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Docker Raises $15M For Its Open-Source Platform That Helps Developers Build Apps In The Cloud  —  The shift to scale out architectures and an app-centric culture has turned out well for Docker and its lightweight open-source “container” technology designed for developers to quickly move code to the cloud.
Chris Poole / Chris Hates Writing:
Today my startup failed  —  No soft landing, no happy ending—we simply failed.  —  It's been a long four year journey, full of highs and lows.  I am simultaneously incredibly proud, and incredibly disappointed.  —  I'm incredibly proud of an amazing team and all that they have accomplished.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
T-Mobile Will Now Give You A Free Checking Account, Complete With 42,000 No-Fee ATMs  —  T-Mobile isn't just content being your wireless carrier.  It now wants to manage your checking account, too.  —  The company announced today Mobile Money, a free checking account service available to anyone with a T-Mobile phone number.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Cable industry sues Apple-backed patent troll over “illegal conspiracy”  —  The patent wars engulfing the tech industry have taken a new twist as five cable companies filed a lawsuit to stop Rockstar, a consortium owned by Google competitors that bought up 4,000 old patents in 2012 and began suing a wide variety of device makers.
More: 9to5Mac and Bloomberg
Don Clark / Digits:
Mobile gaming company Kabam doubles 2013 revenue to $360M, is “seriously considering” IPO  —  Social Game Maker Kabam Continues Growth  —  Mobile videogame maker Kabam said it tallied more than $360 million in gross revenue in 2013, doubling results from the prior year …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IBM's Q4 mixed, hardware unit tanks  —  Summary: IBM's challenge: Its new businesses aren't growing fast enough to offset struggling units such as the hardware division.  —  IBM's fourth quarter results were a mixed bag as the company's earnings were better than expected, but revenue missed estimates as hardware sales tanked.

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