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January 19, 2015, 11:15 AM

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New York Times:
N.S.A. Tapped Into North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled …
Spiegel Online:
New Snowden documents show scope of United States' cyber war plans: infiltrate and control or destroy enemy systems and networks  —  NSA Preps America for Future Battle  —  The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning.  Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Source: HTC to unveil smartwatch with Under Armour fitness service integration and flagship M9 phone with Snapdragon 810, 20MP rear camera in March  —  HTC Said to Plan Better Camera Phone, First Smartwatch in March  —  HTC Corp. (2498) plans to unveil a marquee phone in March with improved camera …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience  —  Previous Comments  —  Stylus, eh?  —  Well... I guess people will probably quote Jobs' opinion about the merits of a stylus (he was against it).  —  But a few thoughts:
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon announces plans to make movies for theaters, Prime streaming  —  Amazon Studios is going to start making movies, and you'll be seeing them in theaters before they become available for streaming on Prime.  Fresh off Golden Globe wins for its original series Transparent …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Indie developer of podcast app Overcast details sales stats, reports $15.6K average monthly revenue  —  Overcast's 2014 sales numbers  —  Nobody ever wants to talk about money.  —  But current and prospective indie app developers could really use more information on the subject.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Filmmakers depict more realistic hacking than usual in Blackhat by hiring hacking consultants  —  Blackhat brings some hacking realism to Hollywood, but to what effect?  —  During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Uber Wants to Create 50,000 Jobs, Take 400,000 Cars Off the Road in Europe This Year  —  Uber chief Travis Kalanick said he wants to expand operations in Europe and, in the process, create 50,000 jobs and take 400,000 personal vehicles off the road.  —  Kalanick said the ride-sharing service …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Genius is beta testing a feature allowing users to annotate any web page  —  Genius tests ‘annotate everything everywhere’ feature  —  Genius, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup that made headlines earlier this week when it poached pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Hutchison, owner of mobile operator Three, in talks to buy UK's O2 from Telefonica for $13.6B  —  Hutchison May Bid $13.6 Billion for U.K.'s O2, Sunday Times Says  —  Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13), the conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, is in early talks to bid …
Dan Ackerman / CNET:
Dell XPS 13 review: thin bezel, decent 7 hour battery life, good value at $799, but high-res touchscreen costs an additional $500  —  Dell XPS 13 (2015) review: Stunning screen, compact design make XPS 13 the first great laptop of 2015  —  The Good Dell's revamped XPS 13 has a nearly borderless display …

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