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January 25, 2014, 5:10 PM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1: Rumored release target is March 11  —  Summary: Windows 8.1 Update 1 may be headed for a March 2014 release and could include some under-the-hood changes to reduce memory and disk space requirements for cheaper tablets.  —  There's nothing like ending the week with a few fresh Windows rumors.
Ryan Huang / ZDNet:
South Korea rules pre-installed phone bloatware must be deletable  —  Summary: New guidelines will require the industry to allow smartphone users the option to delete unnecessary pre-loaded applications, to rectify unreasonable practices and reduce inconvenience.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Union Square Ventures finalizing a $350M fundraise for its next early-stage and “opportunities” funds  —  Union Square Ventures raises new funds  —  Early Twitter backer closes in on $300 million for new investments.  —  FORTUNE — Union Square Ventures …

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