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December 28, 2013, 11:01 AM

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut  —  Amazon, NPD Group trumpet sales of the bare-bones laptops in 2013 to consumers and businesses  —  Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts.  —  And that's bad news for Microsoft.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook ‘dead and buried to teens’, research finds  —  Comprehensive European research has found that teens are leaving the service in droves - and the biggest deterrent is their parents  —  Teens are being put off Facebook by friend requests from their parents Getty
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Dear Quartz, maybe it's you that needs new glasses and a map. 2013 was not a lost year for tech  —  If anything, in 2013 it became even more fashionable for some of our fellow scribes and righteous founders to lament the lack of innovation in Silicon Valley.
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Paul Graham Says Women “Haven't Been Hacking For the Past 10 Years”  —  The Information just proved that it's worth the $400 price of admission.  On display in an interview with Y Combinator cofounder Paul Graham is the clearest picture of Silicon Valley's unacknowledged sexism to ever find its way in print.
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause  —  By now, we've heard from tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Cisco Systems that the National Security Agency's spying poses a threat to their international business and, in Cisco's case, is already hurting it.
More: GigaomTweets: @paulnemitz
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google received 235 million DMCA takedown requests in 2013, discarded 9%  —  Google Discarded 21,000,000 Takedown Requests in 2013  —  Since last year copyright holders have started to increase the number of DMCA takedown requests they send to Google.  —  In 2011 Google was asked …
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Ratchet provisions, which give investors guaranteed IPO returns, increasingly common  —  Startups Ratchet Up the Risk With Share Promises  —  Some Early Investors Get Guaranteed Return on Money  —  As the battle for financing heats up, some startups are making big promises to their early investors …
Tweets: @drmarkcampbell and @dmac1
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Downplays Phone Number Matching Hack, Says It's Added New Counter-Measures  —  Following security researchers publishing a way to match Snapchat usernames to phone numbers, Snapchat has published a skimpy statement making the hack sound impractical and noting “We recently added …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack  —  Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December.  The company previously admitted that card numbers …

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