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January 12, 2014, 5:25 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hackers Steal Card Data from Neiman Marcus  —  Responding to inquiries about a possible data breach involving customer credit and debit card information, upscale retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged today that it is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate a hacker break-in that has exposed an unknown number of customer cards.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
“Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015  —  Microsoft tries to put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror  —  At the BUILD developer conference in April 2014, Microsoft will discuss its vision for the future of Windows, including a year-off release codenamed “Threshold” that will most likely be called Windows 9.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
A Whitman Sampler?  Not Exactly, as Apple's Latest Ad Markets With Verse.  —  When the San Francisco 49ers met the Carolina Panthers in NFL playoff game Sunday, Apple was there.  With a brand new ad, its first big broadcast spot touting the new iPad Air.  —  Dubbed “Your Verse Anthem,” …
Eurogamer.net:
A third-party developer explains the challenges of working with Nintendo and the Wii U  —  The Secret Developers: Wii U - the inside story  —  From reveal to launch and beyond - a third-party developer talks about the challenges of working with Nintendo and its latest console.
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Beats Music launches in US on Jan. 21 for $10 monthly, $15 monthly for families through AT&T, no free tier  —  Beats Music Enters Online Streaming Market  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Jimmy Iovine, whose career as a recording engineer, producer and music executive stretches from John Lennon to Lady Gaga …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
How and when the iMac and Mac Pro can go Retina  —  Three major factors have probably prevented a proper 2×-in-each-dimension “Retina” version of today's 27″ iMac and standalone Thunderbolt Display, which would need to be 5120×2880 pixels:  — Nobody makes general-purpose LCD panels with that resolution today.
More: ParisLemon
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Queries to DuckDuckGo increased over 2.5X after Snowden revelations, totaled 1B for 2013  —  Anonymous search tool DuckDuckGo answered 1bn queries in 2013  —  The ‘anti-Google’, which searches the web without tracking or monitoring the user, now answers 4m queries a day
John Markoff / New York Times:
Semiconductor designers researching “self assembling” circuits using nanomaterials  —  Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Not long after Gordon E. Moore proposed in 1965 that the number of transistors that could be etched on a silicon chip …
More: TechSpot
Andrew Hoyle / CNET:
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact puts top-end specs into a 4.3-inch body (hands-on)  —  CNET Editors' Take  —  Sony is jumping on the bandwagon of making smaller, more pocketable versions of flagship phones, much as we've already seen from Samsung and HTC.  Unlike its rivals however, Sony seems to be doing the mini phone right.

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