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January 9, 2015, 7:35 PM

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Pew Internet:
Pew Report: Facebook growth slows, but user engagement increases; while Twitter and others grow userbase, not engagement  —  Social Media Update 2014  —  In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Screenshots emerge of Windows 10's new dark theme, taskbar, and Spartan browser UI  —  This is Windows 10's new browser and dark theme  —  Microsoft is preparing to unveil a new browser in Windows 10, codenamed Spartan, and leaked images are providing an early glimpse at the Internet Explorer successor.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple planning Apple Pay expansion into Canada as soon as March  —  Apple is preparing to expand its new Apple Pay payments service internationally with at least the Canadian launch currently scheduled for early 2015, according to sources close to the situation.
Loek Essers / InfoWorld:
Glitch in OS X Yosemite's Spotlight Search can expose IP address, system details of Apple Mail users to spammers  —  Glitch in OS X search can expose private details of Apple Mail users  —  Performing a Spotlight search opens email previews that load external images, even when the Mail client is asked not to do this
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apps from Apple's EU App Store continue to work even after refunds are processed  —  The fundamental flaw with EU 14-day refunds: you keep the app forever  —  A week ago, Apple introduced 14-day no-questions-asked refunds in the EU for iTunes Store and App Store content.
NOVA Next:
Snowden: NSA should re-prioritize cyber warfare goals and focus more on defensive measures given US's dependence on high-tech  —  Exclusive: Edward Snowden on Cyber Warfare  —  Cyber warfare used to be the stuff of sci-fi movies and military exercises.  But with the advent of the Stuxnet worm …
Amrutha Gayathri / Reuters:
Box seeks to raise up to $162.5M in IPO at $11 to $13 per share at a valuation of up to $1.55B  —  Data storage company Box expected to be valued at up to $1.55 billion  —  (Reuters) - Online data storage provider Box Inc (IPO-BOX.N) expects its initial public offering to be priced at $11-$13 per share …
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Nintendo blames taxes as it exits Brazil  —  Mario isn't afraid to brave the dangers of ice worlds or Bowser's castle, but tariffs have scared him away from Brazil.  —  The game publisher revealed today that it is ending operations in the South American nation (via UOL Brazil).
Hannah Jane Parkinson / Guardian:
Google-backed fund donates €250,000 to Charlie Hebdo, Zuckerberg condemns attack, Apple shows solidarity with banner on site  —  Mark Zuckerberg, Apple and Google respond to Charlie Hebdo attack  —  Facebook CEO condemns attack while Google donates £195,000 to support satirical magazine …

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