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January 26, 2014, 12:55 AM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Michaels investigating possible “data security attack” after fraudulent credit card purchases lead back to its stores  —  Sources: Card Breach at Michaels Stores  —  Multiple sources in the banking industry say they are tracking a pattern of fraud on cards that were all recently used …
ABC News:
Exclusive: Apple's Tim Cook on NSA, What's Next as Mac Turns 30  —  While secrecy is part of the excitement at Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley — today marked 30 years since Steve Jobs told America via TV that something big was coming — CEO Tim Cook said secrecy in the form …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love  —  Chris McKinlay was folded  —  into a cramped fifth-floor cubicle in UCLA's math sciences building, lit by a single bulb and the glow from his monitor.  It was 3 in the morn­ing, the optimal time to squeeze cycles out of the supercomputer …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Chromebooks accounted for 19% of U.S. K-12 mobile computer purchases in 2013  —  Chromebooks Take Other Mobile PCs to School  —  The Inexpensive Laptops Grab Fifth of U.S. Educational Purchases  —  Chromebooks have come from nowhere to grab nearly a fifth of U.S. school purchases of mobile computers …
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
KPCB founder Tom Perkins compares “rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent” to Nazi war on Jews  —  Silicon Valley Legend Compares Techie Backlash to Nazi Rampage  —  Silicon Valley has never been known for its appreciation of subtleties.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Bay area tech companies should give back and promote good public policy in their community  —  It Doesn't Have To Be This Way  —  There is a story being told about us here in the tech industry in San Francisco — that we are entitled, or that we are oblivious.  I don't believe that's true.
Graham Smith / Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
King removes flash game from web in response to cloning allegations, denies infringing IP  —  Flash Developer Alleges King “Cloned” Their Game  —  Update 2: And there's now a statement from King.com on the subject, also at the end of the post.  —  Update: There's now a response from Matthew Cox …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Moves Toward Expanded Mobile-Payment Service  —  Apple Inc. laying the groundwork for an expanded mobile-payments service, leveraging its growing base of iPhone and iPad users and the hundreds of millions of credit cards on file through its iTunes stores.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
App.net Launches Backer, A Bitcoin-Friendly Crowdfunding Engine For Individual Software Features  —  As the popularity of crowdfunding grows ever larger, an interesting new trend has started popping up: developers, curious if a new feature is worth adding to their products …
Benedict Evans:
As tech, media, and telecom collide, ignorance of any one sector leads to failures like Joost and WiMax  —  Ignorance  —  “However vast any person's basic reading may be, there still remain an enormous number of fundamental works that he has not read.”  - Italo Calvino
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
When Gmail Went Down, Yahoo Poked Fun On Twitter, Then Apologized  —  Gmail was down briefly today, and Yahoo — which suffered its own and much longer-lasting email woes recently — still decided it was a good opportunity to have some fun, tweeting about the failure then later apologizing.

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