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January 22, 2014, 8:40 PM

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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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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.
Reuters:
EBay dismisses Icahn proposal to spin off Paypal  —  (Reuters) - Carl Icahn has taken a stake in eBay Inc and is proposing a spin-off of the its fast-growing PayPal division, but the e-commerce giant rebuffed the overture, setting the stage for a potential battle with the activist investor.
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Adario Strange / Mashable:
Apple Promises to Fix iOS 7 ‘White Screen of Death’  —  Since Apple released iOS 7, its completely revamped operating system for the iPhone, reviews have been mixed but mostly positive.  However, a glitch that has quietly plagued iPhone users — the “white/black screen of death,” …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Protesters show up at the doorstep of Google self-driving car engineer  —  This image was distributed by the group Counterforce, protesting Google engineer Anthony Levandowski.  —  Indymedia  —  Protests against tech giants and their impact on the San Francisco Bay Area economy just got personal.
Steven Hickson / Steves Computer Vision Blog:
Hacking Snapchat's people verification in less than 100 lines  —  I woke up this morning and saw this article detailing Snapchat's new people verification system.  You may have seen it but if not I will summarize it for you.  They basically have you choose each image with the Snapchat ghost to prove you are a person.
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 …
Roberto Baldwin / Wired:
Tivo Makes Its Hardware Exit Official, Lays Off Most of Design Team  —  Tivo has been bullish lately about releasing new products beyond its core DVR boxes.  Today, we found out why.  The company laid off nearly all the industrial designers of those products.
More: Gigaom, Engadget and SlashGearThanks:@strngwys
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.
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Startup Behind Flipagram Seeks Investment at $300 Million Valuation  —  These days, you have to strike while the app is hot.  —  The startup behind Flipagram, a popular mobile app that creates short videos from photos, is seeking to raise an investment in the tens of millions that could value …
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 …

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