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January 23, 2014, 8:45 AM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Independent review board says NSA phone data program is illegal and should end  —  An independent executive branch board has concluded that the National Security Agency's long-running program to collect billions of Americans' phone records is illegal and should end.
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,” …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Says Lumia & Other Phone Sales Declined In Q4 As It Prepares To Sell Division To Microsoft  —  In what is likely to be Nokia's last quarterly earnings before it hands off its mobile phone making business to Microsoft, the Finnish mobile maker has reported lower sales of Lumia devices in its Q4.
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.
Bloomberg:
Lenovo to Buy IBM Server Unit For $2.3 Billion Amid PC Slump  —  Lenovo Group Ltd., the world's largest maker of personal computers, will buy International Business Machines Corp.'s server business for $2.3 billion.  —  The deal price includes about $2 billion of cash and the rest in Lenovo stock …
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
eBay CEO Donahoe gives Icahn e-commerce tutorial over PayPal plan  —  Summary: eBay CEO John Donahoe: Why in an era of big data and e-commerce innovation would you separate eBay, PayPal and their network effects?  —  eBay CEO John Donahoe elaborated on why PayPal should remain part …
More: Softpedia News and CNETTweets: @levie
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL Buys Personalization Startup Gravity for $90 Million in Cash  —  In a bid to add another publishing and advertising tool to its offerings, AOL has acquired personalization startup Gravity for about $90 million in cash.  —  As part of the deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter …
More: Re/code, Digits and TechCrunchTweets: @luke_beatty
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Google Glass User Detained By Feds Talks About Ordeal  —  While some businesses are banning the high-tech wearable device Google Glass, a theatre owner in Columbus, Ohio, saw enough of a threat to call the Department of Homeland Security.  The manager called in unnamed Homeland Security agents …
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Early stakeholders in Scout Analytics claim venture capitalists engaged in ‘self dealing, corporate waste’ prior to $32M acquisition  —  Not everyone is happy about today's $32 million acquisition of Scout Analytics by ServiceSource.  A group of series A preferred stockholders filed suit …
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.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Prim: Anatomy of a folded startup  —  The YCombinator-backed laundry pick-up and delivery business barely lasted 7 months.  One of its founders walks Fortune through the post-mortem.  —  FORTUNE - Can technology disrupt even the most mundane chores?  —  That's the question Yin Yin Wu …
Tweets: @steipete, @mikeisaac and @caseynewtonThanks:@jpmanga
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Groupon Adds 20,000 Properties To Its Hotel Feature  —  Groupon added 20,000 hotels, up from the several hundred hotel flash sales that it previously ran.  / PlaceIt by Breezi  —  Groupon wants to be much more than a flash sales site when it comes to hotels.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @rafat
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 …
More: CNET
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 …
Reuters:
Massive Internet mishap sparks Great Firewall scrutiny in China  —  (Reuters) - Human error likely caused a glitch in China's Great Firewall that saw millions of Internet users ironically rerouted to the homepage of a U.S.-based company which helps people evade Beijing's web censorship, sources told Reuters.

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