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January 19, 2015, 3:35 PM

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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 …
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Google in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B+ valuation to support Internet satellites project  —  Google Nears Major Investment in SpaceX to Bolster Satellites  —  Google is close to investing in rocket maker SpaceX, according to several people familiar with the talks …
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
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 …
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung hires Lee Don-tae, co-president of UK design agency Tangerine which once employed Jony Ive, as head of global design team  —  Samsung Hires New Global Design Head  —  Can Samsung Electronics design its way out of its recent profit slide?  —  As the South Korean smartphone giant struggles …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
China mounted a man-in-the-middle attack on Outlook email service users over the weekend, says GreatFire  —  Microsoft Outlook Hacked In China, New Report Finds  —  Only a few weeks after Google's Gmail service was blocked in China, a new report from online censorship monitoring organization …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Report: VCs invested $48.3B in US startups in 2014, the most since 2000  —  Venture Funding of U.S. Startups Last Year Was Most Since 2000  —  The money spigots for U.S. startups opened last year to their widest since the peak of the dot-com boom in 2000.
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.

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