NSA won't deny SPYING on Congress -- ANDROID eats world: Laptops, desktops, and cars -- EVERNOTE gets slammed -- ZYNGA takes Bitcoin -- SIRI hates 'Her'


January 6, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> LIBERTY & JUSTICE: NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress, by Spencer Ackerman, Martin Pengelly: "The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it 'has spied, or is ... currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials'... The statement read: 'NSA's authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of US persons. Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons. NSA is fully committed to transparency with Congress. Our interaction with Congress has been extensive both before and since the media disclosures began last June. We are reviewing Senator Sanders's letter now, and we will continue to work to ensure that all members of Congress, including Senator Sanders, have information about NSA's mission, authorities, and programs to fully inform the discharge of their duties.'" The Guardian

> Sen. Rand Paul says he's suing over NSA policies USA Today

> Senior Republicans doubt Reid will allow vote on any NSA-intel reform bill DefenseNews

> My 2014 resolution: Stop my country from becoming a surveillance state The Guardian

>> CES SIREN: Desktops running Android OS (and not Windows) -- Cars, the new mobile OS -- Roku TV -- LG webOS TV

> Lenovo announces new consumer desktop PCs at CES, including an Android all-in-one, by Michael Brown PCWorld

> HP ships an Android all-in-one PC, plus several business laptops and desktops PCWorld

> Lenovo's mobile CES portfolio: A new ThinkPad X1 Carbon, fresh convertibles, and tablets PCWorld

> Nvidia announces next-generation 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC with 192 GPU cores Ars Technica

> Roku moves beyond the box, partnering with Hisense and TCL to introduce Roku TVs TechCrunch

> What's Acer thinking? Its new all-in-one PC uses Android, not Windows PCWorld

> HP takes Android over Chrome OS for new Slate 21 Pro all-in-one NetworkWorld

> Samsung Smart Home aims to integrate all your smart devices on one platform TechHive

> Google teams with GM, Honda, and Audi to bring Android to cars BloombergBusinessweek

> LG reveals massive plans for webOS TV platform The Verge >> MY CLOUD ATE IT: Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant, by Jason Kincaid: "Because I use it so often, I am unusually familiar with the service's warts. Evernote's applications are glitchy to the extreme; they often feel as if they're held together by the engineering equivalent of duct tape. Browser extensions crash, text cursors leap haphazardly across the screen -- my copy of Evernote's image editor Skitch silently failed to sync for months because I hadn't updated to the new version. Most issues are benign enough, but the apps are so laden with quirks that I've long held a deep-seated fear that perhaps some of my data has not been saved, that through a syncing error, an accidental overwrite -- some of these ideas have been forgotten." Jason Kincaid blog

> On software quality and building a better Evernote in 2014 Official Evernote blog

> Evernote promises to fix bugs after writer's detailed critique InfoWorld >> MAL-CONTENTS: Worried about the Yahoo malware outbreak? If you're in U.S., you're probably safe, by Timothy B. Lee: "On Saturday, I reported on an outbreak of malicious software that infected hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of users. The perpetrators hijacked Yahoo's ad servers to distribute the malware. Yahoo now says it has the situation under control... 'On Friday, January 3 on our European sites, we served some advertisements that did not meet our editorial guidelines, specifically they spread malware. We promptly removed these advertisements... Users in North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America were not served these advertisements and were not affected... Additionally, users using Macs and mobile devices were not affected.'" WaPo

> Questions left unanswered about Yahoo malware attack Cnet

>> SOCIAL SNOOZE: Profitable learning curve for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, by Evelyn M. Rusli: "This year, Mr. Zuckerberg will have to wrestle with how to avoid turning off some Facebook users with too many ads, as some critics have warned. Some investors are antsy for Facebook to wow users with something new. Mr. Zuckerberg says he is aware of the risks, but notes that user activity still is rising. The company does more than 35,000 surveys a day to monitor user sentiment, and the 'driving force behind everything is that we're trying to build the best experience for mobile,' he says." Wall Street Journal

>> BIG PICTURE: Netflix's dumbed-down algorithms, by Felix Salmon: "Netflix's big problem, it seems to me, is that it can't afford the content that its subscribers most want to watch. It could try to buy streaming rights to every major Hollywood blockbuster in history -- but doing so would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, and could never be recouped with $7.99 monthly fees. What's more, the studios can watch the Netflix share price as easily as anybody else, and when they see it ending 2013 at $360 a share, valuing the company at well over $20 billion, that's their sign to start raising rates sharply during the next round of negotiations. Which in turn helps explain why Netflix is losing so many great movies. As a result, Netflix can't, any longer, aspire to be the service which allows you to watch the movies you want to watch." Reuters

>> SIC TRANSIT: Gates will surrender Microsoft shareholder crown to Ballmer in 2014, by Gregg Keizer: "As of Friday, Gates remained Microsoft's single-largest shareholder, but his lead over friend and current CEO Steve Ballmer was less than 25 million shares, giving the latter the chance to become the prime stockholder within months... Over the last decade, Gates has sold an average of 80 million shares annually... Gates' shares were worth approximately $13.2 billion as of Friday, or 17% of his estimated $78.1 billion net worth, as calculated by Bloomberg. That amount made Gates the world's richest individual... At his 10-year pace of selling stock, Gates will hand over the shareholding crown to Ballmer before mid-2014. Gates will have exhausted his holdings by September 2018 unless he stops or slows his selling." Computerworld

>> DESPERATE TIMES: NYT to go native with online ads, by Emily Steel: "Newspaper to promote advertorial articles and videos on homepage as publishers attempt to woo marketing dollars amid falling digital ad sales and rates." The Financial Times

>> YO-YO NEOMONEY: Bitcoin tops $1,000 again on Zynga accepting virtual currency, by Olga Kharif: "The price of Bitcoin surpassed $1,000 again after Zynga said it would start accepting the virtual currency for some of its online social games, citing wider use of the digital money... surged to about $1,119 on the Mt.Gox online exchange... Bitcoins first crossed the $1,000 threshold in late November and reached record at $1,238 on Mt.Gox on Dec. 4, but then plummeted to as low as $640 after China's largest online market for the virtual currency stopped accepting deposits. The digital currency has rebounded as more merchants accept Bitcoins for everything from Gummi bears to smartphones on the Internet. Zynga is the latest merchant to accept Bitcoins, which can be used to buy virtual items in games." Bloomberg BusinessWeek

> Bitcoin's future foretold by developer momentum TechCrunch

> Taiwan's government says no to Bitcoin ATMs TechCrunch

> Bitcoin is hardly a wise investment SFGate

>> Venture-backed companies generated $56.5B in exits in 2013 (thanks to IPOs) VentureBeat

>> Reid Hoffman on bubbles, VC turmoil, diversity issues in tech and more! Re/code

>> HTC narrowly avoids another quarterly loss, thanks to Beats audio stake sale TechCrunch

>> Supersize me: Coca-Cola's network binge InfoWorld

>> Net Market Share vs. StatCounter: Whose online measurements can you trust? ZDNet

>> Deconstructing the $9.84 credit card hustle Krebs on Security

>> Business Insider turned down $100M-plus buyout offer Fox Business News

>> To a child born in 2014 Newsverse

>> Wow, Siri does not like being asked about Spike Jonze's Her Gizmodo

>> BlackBerry sues Ryan Seacrest's Typo over 'iconic' keyboard design InfoWorld

>> Microsoft's late fixing Windows, but ahead on the cloud InfoWorld

>> Bitspin, developers of the Timely alarm clock for Android, join Google TechCrunch

>> Cryptolocker 2.0 turns into worm that spreads via USB drives TechWorld

>> Gaping admin access holes found in SoHo routers from Linksys, Netgear and others Sophos NakedSecurity

>> Why FireEye is the Internet's new security powerhouse Re/code

>> CBS tests Twitter rules by placing film critic's tweet in an ad ReadWrite

>> BITCOIN: $998 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Bold prediction for 2014: 'Internet of Things' continues to be among the 'Internet of Things I Can Safely Ignore.'" @mattcharris

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