INTEL tries on wearables -- APPLE AppStore sets $10B record -- 1B DROIDS to ship in 2014 -- 3D PRINTER in every pot -- SCHNEIER gets a day job

 

January 7, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> CES SIREN: Intel wearables, bye-bye John, PC SD, fit earbuds, Qualcomm server, nagging mom, super Stingray, irrelevancy

> Intel chief opens CES with parade of wearables InfoWorld

> Intel announces Edison: a 22nm dual-core PC the size of an SD card Engadget

> Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announces 'McAfee' brand name will be replaced by 'Intel Security' [In case you're wondering, here's what this guy thinks.] TNW

> Intel: All of our microprocessors made this year are 'conflict free' [CEO neglects to mention new U.S. rule for 2014 that forced Intel's hand.] Ars Technica

> Epson embraces wearables with new Pulsense wrist bands, updated smart glasses TechHive

> Samsung offers new Android tablets and curved UHD TV [Its event was overshadowed when film director Michael Bay abruptly walked off stage.] Computerworld

> Asus outs the VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch, $300 Windows tablet with a Wacom stylus PC World

> Asus Duet hybrid swaps between Android and Windows with the push of a button [TechBrief wants to know if Asus plans on selling more than three of them.] PC World

> MakerBot Unveils 3-D Printer Nearer to $1,000 Wall Street Journal

> 'Mother' doll uses the Internet of Things to nag you TechHive

> Next ARM server chip maker: Qualcomm? InfoWorld

> 2015 Corvette Stingray records your racetrack romps TechHive

> Does CES matter anymore? WindowsITPro

>> APPSTORE STUNS: Apple announces App Store sales top $10 billion in 2013, $1 billion in December alone, by Benjamin Mayo: "Today, Apple has announced that App Store sales topped $10 billion in 2013. In December alone, customers spent over $1 billion in the store, a record-breaking figure -- the most successful month in App Store history. In total, developers for iOS and OS X have now earned $15 billion on the App Store. 'We'd like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,' said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services." 9to5Mac

>> ESCAPE VELOCITY: More than 1 billion Android devices to ship in 2014, according to Gartner, by Paul Sandle: "Android, which is installed on products made by Samsung, HTC, Sony and many other manufacturers, is forecast to reach 1.1 billion users in 2014, up 26 percent on last year, with the strongest demand in emerging markets.... Apple's iOS and Mac OS operating systems are expected to be in 344 million new iPhones, iPads and Macs this year, Gartner added, representing a 28 percent jump on the number of devices shipped in 2013." Reuters

>> BUBBLE TRUBBLE: $1 billion as milestone and omen, by David Gelles and Claire Cain Miller: "The growth of the billion-dollar club has eclipsed the exuberance of more than a decade ago.... In the three years from 2011 through 2013, there were at least 34 investments that valued companies at $1 billion or more, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, compared with 16 from 1998 to 2000.... Yet it is more than a speculative frenzy that is driving up the valuations of these companies. A number of changes in the capital markets, the venture capital industry and the public equity markets have conspired to make it easier than ever for unproven start-ups to be valued at $1 billion or more." New York Times DealBook

>> ZUCK OR BROKE: The inside story of Snapchat: the world's hottest app or a $3 billion disappearing act?, by JJ Colao: "[Snapchat founders] Spiegel and Murphy sense an opening [in Facebook's product] and insist that rather than selling, they're aiming to upend the social media hierarchy, armed with a $50 million war chest raised in December at a lower (but still heady) valuation of just under $2 billion. 'There are very few people in the world who get to build a business like this,' says Spiegel. 'I think trading that for some short-term gain isn't very interesting.' For those keeping score, a 'short-term gain' for a 23-year-old who still lives in his dad's house now apparently equals three-quarters of a billion dollars. In going for the long gain, Spiegel will either become the next great billionaire prodigy or the ultimate cautionary tale of youthful hubris." Forbes

> Forbes: Snapchat CEO lied to us to look cool ValleyWag

> The Snapchat drama Om Malik blog

>> TAKE THAT BENIOFF: Microsoft acquires Parature for $100M in deal to bolster knowledge base for Dynamics CRM platform, by Alex Williams: "Microsoft has acquired Parature, a customer service SaaS provider, for $100 million, according to sources close to the deal. The Parature acquisition gives Microsoft Dynamics, its CRM platform, a world-class self-service knowledge base to connect with customers, such as gamers, across multiple channels, including email, the web, chat or social media... The company has all the 'process' capabilities to route information in a complex call center workflow, but Parature helps widen its capability and to compete better against Salesforce.com" TechCrunch

>> CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS: Cybercrooks developing dangerous new file-encrypting ransomware, researchers warn, by Lucian Constantin: "The new malware is called PowerLocker and its development was most likely inspired by the success of the CryptoLocker ransomware Trojan program that infected more than 250,000 computers since September. Like CryptoLocker, PowerLocker allegedly uses strong encryption that cannot be cracked to recover the files without paying, but it's also more sophisticated and potentially more dangerous because its developers reportedly intend to sell it to other cybercriminals." InfoWorld

> Cryptolocker scrambles eight years of data belonging to US town hall in Greenland NH TechWorld

>> With 'Sponsored Data' AT&T is double dipping. And that's just dirty GigaOm

>> Bruce Schneier joins startup CO3 Systems ThreatPost

>> Samsung posts profit decline amid battle with Apple BloombergBusinessweek

>> A look at FireEye's Mandiant buy: Game changer or not? NetworkWorld

>> Linksys resurrects classic blue router, with open source and $300 price Ars Technica

>> The Android 'un-PC' is no real threat to the PC InfoWorld

>> VMware poaches top Citrix desktop virtualization talent: it just got real in here GigaOM

>> Data breaches ARE a big deal Hal Berenson

>> Netgear's HDMI dongle is your storage-friendly answer to Chromecast Gizmodo

>> The Internet of Things is wildly insecure -- and often unpatchable Wired

>> New algorithm can dramatically streamline solutions to the 'max flow' problem MIT News

>> Analysis: Apps for mobile viewing challenge cable operators, TV networks Reuters

>> Mashable raises $13 million to launch expansion effort CNNMoney

>> AOL tried to buy Business Insider for $100M+ Fox Business

>> BITCOIN: $990 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "So there are ATMs where you get cash for bitcoins. So by design you stick a USB stick into an ATM. What can possibly go wrong..." @i0n1c [Stefan Esser]

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