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January 22, 2014, 8:20 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Matt Hartley / Financial Post:
Google launches new video quality report to evaluate ISP network performance  —  Google Inc. is launching a new service designed to evaluate the connection speeds of Internet providers, in the hopes of identifying which companies are delivering the best experience for consumers who want to watch high definition video online.

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