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January 1, 2014, 9:25 PM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Alleged Snapchat hackers explain how and why they leaked data on 4.6 million accounts  —  The individual or team claiming responsibility for SnapchatDB has responded to The Verge's requests for comment the morning after the database went online, containing a leaked collection …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Confirmed: Hackers exploit Snapchat's security hole, leak 4.6m usernames and phone numbers online  —  If you're a Snapchat user, then you might be interested to know that someone may have found a way to save the usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Skype's Twitter, Facebook, and blog hacked by Syrian Electronics Army demanding an end to spying  —  We're not even through the first day of 2014 and cyber attacks are back again.  Earlier today, some person(s) breached Skype's security and hacked its Twitter account, Facebook page, and blog.
Joep Janssen / Distimo:
Christmas spike: iOS Downloads and Revenue grew by more than 50%  —  Next to kisses under the mistletoe and turkeys for dinner, a new Christmas tradition has emerged over the last couple of years: a global spike in download and revenue figures in the app stores.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013  —  Congratulations, Planet Earth!  We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun.  Go team!  —  It's the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists.  Lots and lots of lists.
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Google to Discontinue Sharing App Bump and Flock on Jan. 31, 2014  —  Back in September Google acquired popular sharing tool Bump, with reports the former paid at least $30 million to acquire the company.  At the time, Bump said their app along with their photo sharing application Flock would continue to operate “for now”.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 pass 10% market share and Windows XP falls below 30% (Updated)  —  With the release of Windows 8.1 to the world in October, Microsoft ended 2013 with two full months of availability for its latest operating system version.  While Windows 8.1 is certainly growing quickly …
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Jonathan Krim / Wall Street Journal:
WSJD launches, announcing signature tech conference held Oct. 27-29 in Laguna Beach, CA  —  Introducing WSJD  —  Welcome to WSJD, The Wall Street Journal's new home for technology news, analysis, commentary, daily buzz and consumer-product reviews.  —  This new section is the latest example …
Walt Mossberg / @waltmossberg:
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Zoho:
Introducing Zoho Cliq's new integration with Zoho Projects  —  Everything starts as an idea—the next big thing your team wants to build, a feature addition to your product, designing a website, or constructing a building.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
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