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January 26, 2014, 10:01 AM

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Harry McCracken / TIME:
Exclusive: Watch Steve Jobs' First Demonstration of the Mac for the Public, Unseen Since 1984  —  It's January, 1984.  Steve Jobs, nattily attired in a double-breasted suit, is demonstrating Apple's breakthrough personal computer, Macintosh, before a packed room.
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 …
Matt Mullenweg:
How WordPress has embodied and benefited from the principles of open source  —  The Four Freedoms  —  Eleven months before the U.S. declared war on Japan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “As men do not live by bread alone, they do not fight by armaments alone.”
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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 …
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
For some, Twitter is becoming less about relevancy and more about one-liners  —  Valley of the Blahs: How Justin Bieber's Troubles Exposed Twitter's Achilles' Heel  —  At some point, Twitter and the rest of social media became less about wanting to share the news and more about wanting to be the news.
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Nine-year-old NSA website seeks to educate and recruit kids with cartoon characters, games  —  On Children's Website, N.S.A. Puts a Furry, Smiley Face on Its Mission  —  WASHINGTON — The turtle wearing a hat backward, baggy jeans and purple sunglasses looks just like other cartoon characters …
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 …
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 …
Tim Wu / Culture Desk:
Review: “The Internet's Own Boy”, a documentary on Aaron Swartz's life and death  —  The New Aaron Swartz Documentary at Sundance  —  “The Internet's Own Boy,” a documentary about the life and death of Aaron Swartz, premièred on Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation.
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:
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

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