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January 19, 2015, 8:00 AM

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New York Times:
N.S.A. Tapped Into North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — The trail that led American officials to blame North Korea for the destructive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November winds back to 2010, when the National Security Agency scrambled …
Spiegel Online:
New Snowden documents show scope of United States' cyber war plans: infiltrate and control or destroy enemy systems and networks  —  NSA Preps America for Future Battle  —  The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning.  Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Source: HTC to unveil smartwatch with Under Armour fitness service integration and flagship M9 phone with Snapdragon 810, 20MP rear camera in March  —  HTC Said to Plan Better Camera Phone, First Smartwatch in March  —  HTC Corp. (2498) plans to unveil a marquee phone in March with improved camera …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad user experience  —  Previous Comments  —  Stylus, eh?  —  Well... I guess people will probably quote Jobs' opinion about the merits of a stylus (he was against it).  —  But a few thoughts:
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Indie developer of podcast app Overcast details sales stats, reports $15.6K average monthly revenue  —  Overcast's 2014 sales numbers  —  Nobody ever wants to talk about money.  —  But current and prospective indie app developers could really use more information on the subject.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Filmmakers depict more realistic hacking than usual in Blackhat by hiring hacking consultants  —  Blackhat brings some hacking realism to Hollywood, but to what effect?  —  During one scene in the upcoming hacker action movie Blackhat, a team is sent into the control room of a burned …
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Hutchison, owner of mobile operator Three, in talks to buy UK's O2 from Telefonica for $13.6B  —  Hutchison May Bid $13.6 Billion for U.K.'s O2, Sunday Times Says  —  Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (13), the conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, is in early talks to bid …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Uber Wants to Create 50,000 Jobs, Take 400,000 Cars Off the Road in Europe This Year  —  Uber chief Travis Kalanick said he wants to expand operations in Europe and, in the process, create 50,000 jobs and take 400,000 personal vehicles off the road.  —  Kalanick said the ride-sharing service …
Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
Turkey threatens to block Twitter unless Twitter blocks the account of a newspaper that circulated leaked documents  —  Turkey Threatens to Block Social Media Over Released Documents  —  ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish officials threatened to shut down Twitter in the country unless …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indian E-Commerce Marketplace ShopClues Lands $100M Round Led By Tiger Global  —  There's more funding for e-commerce companies in India today, after ShopClues — a startup that led the adoption of the marketplace model in the country — closed a $100 million Series D round.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Genius is beta testing a feature allowing users to annotate any web page  —  Genius tests ‘annotate everything everywhere’ feature  —  Genius, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup that made headlines earlier this week when it poached pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones from The New Yorker …

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