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January 23, 2014, 3:20 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
4½", 5" screen iPhones expected in second half of year, smaller one further along in development, to feature metal casing, plastic casing scrapped  —  Apple iPhones to Come Out With Bigger Screens  —  Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens …
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.
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
iPhone 5s Owners Gobbling “Unprecedented” Levels Of Data, Study Finds  —  Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple's iPhone 5s and Samsung's Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption …
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 …
Dune Lawrence / Businessweek:
Tor Anonymity Software vs. the National Security Agency  —  Last year, Edward Snowden turned over to the Guardian, a British newspaper, some 58,000 classified U.S. government documents.  Just a fraction of the files have been made public, but they outline the National Security Agency's massive information-collection system.
Tweets: @jpaskin and @nytimesbits
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Pentagon says ‘absolutely no new orders have been placed’ for BlackBerry phones  —  Stock surges on news of a big win that never was  —  Last week, a press release from the Department of Defense announced the launch of a new mobile network within the agency that will utilize unclassified mobile devices …
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Phil Dzikiy / iLounge:
Apple TV may get game support with Bluetooth controllers and direct game downloads by March  —  Reports: Apple TV to add games in coming update  —  iLounge has heard from reliable industry sources that Apple TV will soon be getting proper game support in an update, likely to come in March or earlier.
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.
Chris Kohler / Wired:
Instead of porting its games to other mobile platforms, Nintendo should run its own platform  —  Everything You're Thinking About Nintendo Is Totally Wrong  —  The entire internet has weighed in with what it believes is the answer to Nintendo's financial woes: Go mobile, immediately.
Tweets: @mattbraga and @magicody
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: Engadget and CNET
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.
Jack Clark / The Register:
Amazon's lack of public involvement in open source may cause talent attrition, say insiders  —  Amazon's ‘schizophrenic’ open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders  —  Moles blame Bezos for paltry code sharing  —  Exclusive Amazon is one of the most technically …
Tweets: @mappingbabelThanks:@mappingbabel
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Lively raises $2 million as live concert space heats up  —  Seattle-based digital music startup Lively has raised close to $2 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.  Lively offers artists an easy way to record their concerts, and then sell them to concert-goers and other fans immediately after the show.
More: hypebot
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
App Revenue In Asia Grew A Massive 162% In 2013, Driven By Google Play  —  Over the past two years, Asia has emerged as the world's top marketplace for apps-and it's still growing.  Revenue in Asia rose by a massive 162% in 2013, “annihilating” growth in all other continents, according to a new report by Distimo.
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 …

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