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January 24, 2014, 4:50 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.
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.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Gmail And Google+ Go Down Across The World, Service Returns After Roughly 50 Minutes  —  Update 2: As of 2:52 service seems to be restored and reliable on both Gmail and Google+ for most of those affected.  —  Update: Users are now reporting that Gmail service at least is back for some …
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:
SoundCloud raises 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, according to a person familiar with the deal.
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 …
New York Times:
Neiman Marcus now says security breach puts 1.1 million cards at risk  —  Neiman Marcus Data Breach Worse Than First Said  —  The theft of consumer data from Neiman Marcus appears far deeper than had been disclosed originally, with the luxury retailer now saying that hackers invaded …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
The 2 Teenagers Who Run the Wildly Popular Twitter Feed @HistoryInPics  —  There is a new ubiquitous media brand on Twitter.  —  No, I'm not talking about Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media or BuzzFeed or The Verge, or any other investor-backed startup.  —  I'm talking about @HistoryInPics …
Ryan Knutson / Digits:
31% of new customers prefer smartphone financing, instead of subsidies on big 3 US carriers  —  Mobile Plans With No Phone Subsidies Are Winning Over Customers  —  Wireless customers seem to like early upgrade plans, according to a survey out this morning by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC.

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