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January 25, 2014, 1:35 PM

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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 …
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.
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
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.
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:
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 …
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Virtual World Gaming Startup Cloud Party, Will Shut It Down  —  Yahoo is doing more than just throwing shade at Google on Twitter today and then taking it back - the company has acquired Cloud Party, a browser-based game creation engine.  In a blog post today …

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