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January 24, 2014, 2:15 PM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
The Macintosh Is 30, and I Was There for Its Birth  —  Nineteen eighty-four was not like 2014.  When Steve Jobs launched the Macintosh, he had to generate excitement about a product — a computer — that was unfamiliar to most people, if not downright scary.
iFixit:
Macintosh 128K Teardown  —  Join us as we live the time-traveler's dream—the deep, lucid, Orwellian vision of hope, fear, and nostalgia that is 1984.  Just in time for its 30th anniversary, we laid hands on an '84 original: the Macintosh 128K.  And, you guessed it—we're tearing it down like it's the Berlin Wall.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Interview with Schiller, Federighi and Tribble on the future of the Mac on its 30th birthday  —  Apple executives on the Mac at 30: ‘The Mac keeps going forever.’  —  Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh, and we all learned why 1984 wasn't going to be like 1984.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple takes over its homepage to celebrate 30 years of Mac, with accompanying video, timeline and poll  —  In addition to interviews with the press, Apple is celebrating 30 years of Mac with a full-bleed graphic on its homepage, which links to a minisite that plots how the Mac evolved over the years.
Hanni Fakhoury / Wired:
The U.S. Crackdown on Hackers Is Our New War on Drugs  —  Before Edward Snowden showed up, 2013 was shaping up as the year of reckoning for the much criticized federal anti-hacking statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA").  The suicide of Aaron Swartz in January 2013 brought the CFAA …
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Douglas MacMillan / Digits:
Source: SoundCloud has raised over $60M at a $700M valuation, led by IVP and Chernin  —  Music-Sharing Service SoundCloud Raises New Funds at $700 Million Valuation  —  SoundCloud, the site for uploading and sharing music, has raised a new round of funding valuing the company at about $700 million …
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Bloomberg:
Founders Fund aiming to raise $750M in Q1 for fifth fund, 20% increase over previous pool  —  Facebook-Backer Thiel's Venture Firm Raising $750 Million Fund  —  Founders Fund, the venture firm started by Facebook Inc. (FB) backer Peter Thiel, is aiming to raise about $750 million for its fifth fund …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft beats earnings, ships 7.4 million Xboxes, doubles Surface revenue  —  Microsoft posts record revenue of $24.5B, beats earnings expectations in holiday quarter  —  Microsoft just announced revenue of $24.5 billion for the December quarter, up 14 percent from the same quarter a year ago …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hilariously Debunks Princeton Study Saying It Will Lose 80% Of Users  —  Last week Princeton researchers released a widely covered study saying Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2015-2017.  But now Facebook's data scientists have turned the study's silly “correlation equals causation” …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google: We do not charge licensing fees for Android's Google Mobile Services  —  Earlier today a report from The Guardian claimed that Google was charging manufacturers a per device fee to have access to Google Mobile Services (GMS).  Android has long been split into two distinct pieces …

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