December 15, 2014, 1:05 AM

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Om Malik:
Why I'm excited about photos, the visual web, computer vision and the far reaching impact of visual sensors  —  On visual web, a photo is worth more than a 1000 words  —  Photos, photos and more photos!  Photos are the atomic unit of social platforms.  Photos and visuals are the common language of the Internet.
Gordon Mah Ung / PC World:
Alienware Alpha Review: A shockingly good tiny PC and console complement  —  AT A GLANCE  —  Hardware has a shelf life like a gallon of milk.  If it sits on the store shelf too long, it ends up getting poured down the drain.  —  That's ultimately the ugly story behind Alienware's Alpha game console.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Xiaomi made $56 million profit in 2013: filing  —  (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co [XTC.UL] made a profit of 347.48 million yuan ($56.15 million) on 26.58 billion yuan ($4.30 billion) in revenue in 2013, Chinese securities filings dated Monday show.
M.G. Siegler / Medium:
As tweeting screenshots of text goes mainstream, maybe it's time for Twitter to officially support posting of longer text snippets  —  Hacking The Tweet Stream  —  With pictures of text.  Weird, I know.  —  The single greatest strength of Twitter has always been its simplicity.
Google says Play Store will still sell Nexus 5 through Q1 2015, amid reports production halted  —  Nexus 5 sales are limited right now, but will continue into early 2015  —  UPDATED Nexus 6's little buddy hangs on into next year … Update: Google in the US has reached out to clarify …
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Inside Uber & Lyft's fight in Tampa: both operate illegally despite lawsuits, driver citations  —  Uber And Lyft's Bitter Battle For Tampa  —  When it comes to new cities, Uber and Lyft aren't afraid to operate illegally.  —  Uber Tampa Bay blog / Via
Tweets: @jmbooyah
Caleb Garling / Backchannel:
The rise and fall of Internet Underground Music Archive, a file sharing site founded in 1993  —  How Digital Music Missed Its Big Chance  —  Before MySpace, Napster, Spotify or Soundcloud, there was IUMA. … IUMA, co-founded by Patterson, was the first major online outlet where fans …
Tweets: @calebgarling
Eric Limer / Gizmodo:
Samsung Gear VR: a better, simpler version of the original Rift that lacks content at launch  —  Samsung Gear VR Review: Hell Yes I Will Strap This Phone to My Face  —  The Oculus Rift is an awesome virtual reality headset.  Google Cardboard is an awesome one too.  But what if you could have the best of both?

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