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January 13, 2015, 1:05 PM

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Emily Vacher / Facebook:
Facebook to show AMBER alerts in News Feed to users in targeted search areas to help find missing children  —  Introducing AMBER Alerts on Facebook  —  Today, we are announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send AMBER Alerts to the Facebook community to help find missing children.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber gives the city of Boston anonymized trip data to enable smarter city planning, ease traffic congestion; more cities to follow  —  Uber Offers Trip Data to Cities, Starting With Boston  —  For the first time, Uber is giving government officials a look inside its rich trove of transportation data.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie Raises $55 Million Series D, Launches New Product For Tracking App Usage  —  App Annie, a company whose data on app downloads, rankings, app store trends and more has made it a go-to resource for anyone invested in today's app economy, today announced a new $55 million round of Series D funding.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum in Holiday Quarter  —  Apple saw an increase in its U.S. PC shipments during the recent holiday quarter, according to PC shipping estimates from Gartner.  Apple shipped over 2.1 million Macs in 4Q14, up from 1.9 million Macs in 4Q13, marking an 11.5 percent increase.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
8chan domain “seized” over allegations of “child abuse” content  —  Happened shortly after users doxxed those who'd filed complaints to 8chan's host.  —  Last week, the imageboard site 8chan.co was brought offline for a sustained period of over five days due to a prolonged DDoS attack.
More: GizmodoTweets: @infinitechan and @glennf
Mark Scott / New York Times:
British Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp and iMessage if security agencies can't access them  —  British Prime Minister Suggests Banning Some Online Messaging Apps  —  LONDON — Popular messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp are in the cross hairs in Britain.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Teradata Buys App Marketing Platform Appoxee For $20-25M, Sets Up Israeli R&D Center  —  Teradata, the publicly-traded analytics company, has made another acquisition to beef up its operations in mobile: the company has acquired Appoxee, an Israeli push-messaging startup aimed at publishers …
Heather Somerville / Mercury News:
Venture funds raised $29.8B in 2014, a 69% increase over 2013 and highest amount since 2007  —  Venture funds raise $29.8 billion as tech draws eager investors  —  Venture capital firms are the wealthiest they've been in seven years, as investors from all ends of the globe are eagerly writing …

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