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January 2, 2015, 1:40 PM

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Fred Wilson / AVC:
Predictions for 2015 on IPOs, Xiaomi, messaging, wearables, Bitcoin, cybersecurity, and more  —  What Is Going To Happen  —  Yesterday I wrote a post summing up what happened in 2014.  In it I promised a post on what is going to happen.  What I did not specify was how far forward I am going to look.
Fred Wilson / AVC:
A look at some of the major technology trends from 2014  —  What Just Happened?  —  I'm not much for the rear view mirror.  I like to look forward, not back.  I guess that's why I'm in the line of work I'm in.  —  But I'm going to force myself to look back at 2014 and explain what just happened.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service  —  Scribd, a company offering unlimited access to half a million e-books for $8.99 a month, is announcing that it has raised $22 million in additional funding.  —  The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla partner Keith Rabois …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Xbox One SDK leak could let developers make homebrew apps for the console  —  A group of hackers has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft's official Xbox One SDK — the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Security researcher rewrites Mac firmware over Thunderbolt, says most Intel Thunderbolt Macs vulnerable  —  A security researcher speaking at the Chaos Computer Congress in Hamburg demonstrated a hack that rewrites an Intel Mac's firmware using a Thunderbolt device with attack code in an option ROM.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Twitter's ‘While You Were Away’ Recap Feature Is Rolling Out To Many Users  —  Back in November, Twitter announced plans to implement a number of new initiatives to boost user engagement, and one of those features — a ‘While you were away’ recap of tweets you may have missed — appears to be rolling out to significant numbers of users.
Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:
Japanese police suspect 99% of bitcoins missing from Mt. Gox are due to internal system manipulation, not hack  —  Missing Mt Gox Bitcoins Likely an Inside Job, Say Japanese Police  —  Blame for 99% of the bitcoins missing from Mt Gox falls on internal system manipulation and not any external attack …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
French search engine Quant to launch child-friendly version this year, with government saying it would use it in some schools  —  Qwant Wants to Be Alternative to Google  —  PARIS — Only a brave — or maybe foolhardy — company would take on Google.  —  Yet from a small office near …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
OnePlus Releases Its First Non-Cyanogen Software: An Alpha Lollipop Build For The One  —  The situation between allegedly independent manufacturer OnePlus and its former software supplier Cyanogen Inc. is... strained.  After the software company signed an exclusive deal with Indian manufacturer Micromax …

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