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January 23, 2014, 1:30 AM

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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,” …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End  —  WASHINGTON — An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency's program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.
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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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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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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Protesters show up at the doorstep of Google self-driving car engineer  —  Protests against tech giants and their impact on the San Francisco Bay Area economy just got personal.  —  According to an anonymous submission on local news site Indybay, an unknown group of protesters targeted …
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.
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 …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Shira Ovide / Digits:
The Holes in Microsoft's Data Protection Pledge  —  Microsoft says it can keep its customers' data from the prying eyes of U.S. spies and cops.  But the company may not be able to honor its pledge.  —  Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said the company would allow its foreign customers …
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.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Stripe raises $80 million from Khosla, Sequoia and Founders Fund, now valued at $1.75 billion  —  Payments Startup Stripe Joins the Billion Dollar Club  —  New $80 Million Funding Round Will Help Company Battle PayPal  —  In the crowded field of online payments, venture capitalists …
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Guccifer, the hacker who leaked George W. Bush paintings, reportedly arrested in Romania  —  The infamous hacker Guccifer has reportedly been arrested in Romania, a bit of early-morning gossip that startled fans of George W. Bush's pet portraits and left everyone else wondering who, exactly, this Guccifer guy is.
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:
Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, will pay for Android's infringement of ex-Nortel patents  —  The Google-led group of Android device makers sued on Halloween 2013 over former Nortel patents fails to present a united front to the Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding firm jointly owned by Apple …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Judge: IP-Address Does Not Prove Copyright Infringement  —  Mass-BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for years in the US, involving hundreds of thousands of alleged downloaders.  —  The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing more than an IP address as evidence.

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