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January 22, 2014, 6:20 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix's momentum continues with 2.33 million new US customers in Q4  —  Netflix revealed its fourth quarter earnings today, capping off a banner year that saw the streaming service surpass HBO in subscriber count and earn critical acclaim for its original programming.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix wants to introduce three pricing tiers for new members  —  Netflix is getting ready for a new pricing structure, according to the company's Q4 letter to shareholders (PDF) released Wednesday.  In it, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells write:
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Netflix Issues Warning On The Dangers Of Ending Net Neutrality  —  Netflix issued a statement today lamenting a federal appeals court's decision to effectively end net neutrality rules.  —  Without net neutrality, it means Internet providers can treat the content they deliver over the Web differently.
Sriram Krishnan / Facebook Developers:
Facebook announces it's testing its own ad network for third-party mobile apps  —  Testing a new way for developers to monetize mobile apps  —  Monetization is a difficult problem for mobile app developers, particularly as people move toward downloading more free apps and advertising dollars lag behind time spent on mobile.
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Chinese Internet Traffic Redirected to Small Wyoming House  —  In one of the more bizarre twists in recent Internet memory, a large portion of Internet traffic in China was redirected to a small, 1,700-square-foot house in Cheyenne, Wyo. on Tuesday.  —  A large portion of China's 500 million …
Tal Ater:
Chrome Bugs Allow Sites to Listen to Your Private Conversations  —  By exploiting bugs in Google Chrome, malicious sites can activate your microphone, and listen in on anything said around your computer, even after you've left those sites.  Even while not using your computer - conversations …
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 …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 Preview: Now with More Integration  —  More Windows 8.1 Update leaks help a clearer picture emerge  —  A newly leaked set of shots from a prerelease version of Windows 8.1 Update 1 suggests that Microsoft is going to further integrate the Metro and desktop worlds in this important coming update.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Makes You “Find The Ghosts” To Keep Hackers From Stealing Your Phone Number [Update: But It Fails]  —  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 …
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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Icahn says Apple “doing great disservice to shareholders,” increases AAPL investment to $3B … Following a precatory proposal from billionaire investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn urging Apple to vote on a larger buyback, Icahn today announced on Twitter that he thinks Apple …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Microsoft offers overseas data storage in response to NSA concerns  —  Today, Microsoft announced an unpredecented response to concerns of NSA data access, offering customers in foreign countries the option of having their data stored outside US borders.  According to a Financial Times report …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Fast-growing database startup MemSQL raises $35M  —  MemSQL, the database startup founded by former Facebook employees Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov, has raised a $35 million series B round of venture capital.  Accel Ventures led the round — which brings MemSQL's total funding …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Pinterest CEO Lays Out Growth Plan, Sees Revenue in 2014 … In less than four years, Pinterest Inc. Chief Executive Ben Silbermann has expanded his quirky site for online scrapbooking into a social-media tool used by one-fifth of online adults in the U.S.  —  For his next act …
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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Yahoo Makes Secure Search The Default  —  Yahoo has now joined Google in making all searches people do automatically go through a secure server, to help prevent eavesdropping by outsiders.  Unlike Google, however, Yahoo has failed to make an important change to how “referrer” data is passed along …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
VMware buys AirWatch for $1.54 billion, acquires mobility strategy  —  Summary: VMware's acquisition of AirWatch will give it a foothold in mobility as well as its end-user computing strategy.  —  VMware will acquire AirWatch, a mobile device management company, in a $1.17 billion cash deal …
David de Jong / Bloomberg:
Sheryl Sandberg Becomes One of Youngest U.S. Billionaires  —  Sheryl Sandberg's fortune surpassed $1 billion today after Facebook Inc. (FB) closed at a record high.  —  The chief operating officer of the world's most popular social-networking service owns about 12.3 million shares of the Menlo Park …

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