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January 22, 2014, 4:45 AM

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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 …
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 …
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,” …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Outbox Blog:
Snail mail scanning service Outbox is shutting down after less than a year  —  Outbox is Shutting Down—A Note of Gratitude  —  Dear loyal customers and Outbox supporters:  —  We announce today that we are ending the mail service, shutting down the Outbox brand, and focusing our team and resources on a totally new product.
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.
More: Re/code, Engadget, ZDNet and CNETTweets: @robpegoraro
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.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Yahoo's Next Problem: Tumblr's Traffic Isn't Growing  —  The past year has been an up-and-down affair for Yahoo , with the company and its CEO, Marissa Mayer, scoring numerous PR coups while failing to make headway in its core business of selling digital advertising.
More: PandoDaily and StartupBookTweets: @nytimesbits and @jeffbercoviciThanks:@jeffbercovici
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Showtime, HBO, Starz blast NPD study that says they lost subscribers  —  Thanks to “Homeland” and other shows, Showtime has added 1 million subscribers a year in six of the last seven years, a spokesperson says.  —  Pay-TV channels HBO, Showtime and Starz are blasting a much-ballyhooed study …
More: Engadget, BTIG Research and BBCTweets: @jbflint
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Soars 10% On Pentagon Order, Shares Now Up 34% In 2014  —  BlackBerry has an almost uncanny ability to not die when it's been written off again and again.  Today, the Pentagon has announced that it will install 80,000 BlackBerry handsets on its network by the end of January.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Mobile Marketing Startup Sparq  —  Mobile marketing company Sparq announced on its site today that it has been acquired by Yahoo.  The company did not disclose the purchase price.  —  Yahoo declined to illustrate the deal's financial details.  Sparq's team will be joining Yahoo's Sunnyvale campus.
George Anders / Forbes:
Coursera Flirts With Diplomas: Online ‘Specialization’ Is $250  —  Complete your studies at a traditional university, and you earn a cap-and-gown ceremony with a smiling dean handing you a diploma.  Wrap up online instrucxtion, and nothing so thrilling awaits.  But Coursera is about to narrow the gap.
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Another freebie bites the dust: LogMeIn pulls free remote access  —  It may not be a flood, but it's definitely a trickle.  More software vendors are paring back “free” or freemium offerings.  This week it's LogMeIn curtailing the free version of LogMeIn remote access.

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