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Booting Up: BlackBerry’s CEO Has A Lot of Clever Ideas About Saving the Company

The future. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons,by ScaredPoed)

Make your own Grindr joke: The NSA supposedly has “complete backdoor access” to your iPhone. [Daily Dot]

BlackBerry’s new CEO has a lot of plans to turn around the struggling company. Unfortunately one of those ideas isn’t pivoting the company into a Chipotle franchise. [AllThingsD]

27 percent of adults smartly ignore social networks. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Netflix is trialling a $6.99/month plan that streams standard definition quality video. That’s a whopping $1 less than what they currently offer. [GeekWire]

Prescription lenses for Google Glass will be available in “just a few weeks,” so get excited nerds. [Slash Gear

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Booting Up: Not To Brag, But Amazon Had Its ‘Best Ever’ Holiday

The gang! (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Google is expected to announce a partnership with Audi next week. The two companies will develop an Android-based in-car entertainment and information systems. [WSJ]

Everybody is cautiously excited about Twitter’s stock. This is partly the reason why: “Twitter’s total market value is one-third that of Facebook, which has five times as many users and more than 10 times the revenue.” [New York Times]

People are really liking the Google Chromebook. It accounted for a fifth of commercial laptops sold in November. [AllThingsD]

Amazon announced that on Cyber Monday it sold more than 426 items per second — or 37 million items sold on that one day alone. [BGR]

Shorter: CEO of Large Company Has a Packed Schedule. [New York Post]

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Booting Up: James Franco’s Selfie Essay Confirms It’s a Slow Week

Area man. (Photo: Instagram)

For the second year in a row, HBO’s Game of Thrones was the most torrented show of the year. [TorrentFreak]

Per the WSJ, Snapchat’s popularity suggests we want an erasable Internet. Isn’t that what the private browser is for? [Wall Street Journal]

Twitter’s stock is having the best week ever. [AllThingsD]

Remember iTunes Radio? It’s supposedly doing well, but Apple is now figuring out how to retain advertisers. [AdAge]

James Franco wrote a term paper about selfies and a neighborhood newspaper published it. [New York Times]

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Booting Up: Target Swears That Your PINs Weren’t Stolen and Everything is Fine

#prayers4Target (Photo: Flickr)

It looks like BlackBerry founder Mike Lazaridis won’t pursue a bid for his company as he “severely reduced” his stake in the troubled phone company to just 4.99 percent. [The Verge]

Um, millions of “dogecoins” were stolen in the lamest heist ever. [BuzzFeed FWD]

Taiwan has fined Apple nearly $700,000 for meddling with the prices of its iPhones. [Wall Street Journal]

Target is lashing out at reports that peoples’ PINs were also stoles in last week’s security breach. [CBS New York]

Gyft, a gift card website, claims more people used bitcoins than credit cards on its website during Black Friday. [AdWeek]

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Booting Up: Edward Snowden Says His ‘Mission’s Already Accomplished’ Because He Has Other Plans, Bye!

We're going to need some mouse ears. (Photo by Brian Harkin/Getty Images)

Edward Snowden, wringing his hands out in the sink and grabbing a towel, said his “mission’s already accomplished” in terms of disrupting everything. [Washington Post]

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey is adding another job to his resume: joining Disney’s board of directors. Shareholders will vote on the appointment in March. [AdWeek]

Whatever the hell is going on at BlackBerry isn’t good. It shelved plans to release two new phones and axed its annual conference event. [The Verge]

The inside of an Amazon warehouse looks exactly how you imagined.  [AllThingsD]

In response to the City of Seattle wanting to cancel Uber from operating, the on-demand car app is offering Alaska Airlines customers credits from downtown to the airport.[Seattle Times]

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Booting Up: Snapchat’s New ‘Replay’ Feature Freaks Us Out

#NoNewApps. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

With Apple’s iPhone struggling to gain a foothold in China, a new deal with the country’s largest wireless network might turn around some of its fortune. China Mobile is expected to start selling the device beginning Jan. 17. [The New York Times

Careful, sexters! A new Snapchat update from adds fancy filters, bigger text, and the ability to replay a snap. [Gizmodo]

Buoyed by conferences and video, Aol-owned Huffington Post is expected to be profitable next year. [Reuters]

Here’s an inside look at Google Ventures. [Fortune]

Spotify downloads have increased fourfold since its free streaming announcement. [CNet]

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Booting Up: Looking At BlackBerry’s Earnings Report Is a Neat Way to Feel Depressed

Foursquare's Dennis Crowley. (Photo: Sound Ctrl)

BlackBerry’s Q3 earnings are atrocious: it racked up a $4.4 billion net loss with a 50 percent decrease in phones shipped. It’s now refocusing its efforts to selling phones in Indonesia. [BI]

Foursquare secured $35 million in fresh funding because collecting badges is cool. [Verge]

Instagram says its ads are going great and everybody loves them. [AdWeek]

WhatsApp has garnered 400 million monthly users without spending a dime on advertising. [CNet]

Wall Street Journal might be getting rid of AllThingsD, but it’s keeping the D. Its new tech section will be called “WSJD,” which um… [BuzzFeed]

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Booting Up: Vine Begins Rolling Out Vanity URLs Tomorrow

Goodbye friends. (Photo: WNYC)

Rachel Haot, the city’s chief digital officer, doesn’t need to worry about her future employment plans. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hired her to take a similar in his administration.  [New York Times]

Bow down: Unless your name is Beyonce, people are done buying your stupid music online. [AllThingsD]

Tomorrow morning, Vine users will start having the option of creating their own URLs utilizing their usernames. [The Next Web]

Even hackers will do anything to bypass pay walls. This time, they reportedly hacked into the Washington Post‘s servers and had access to employee’s usernames and passwords. [Daily Dot]

Both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and board member Marc Andreessen are selling millions of their Facebook shares. [BI]

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Booting Up: Apple’s Holiday Is Annoying and Incorrectly Filmed

So sullen. (Photo: YouTube)

Bitcoin’s value sunk last night after a Chinese exchange stopped accepting deposits because of the country’s new regulations. [Daily Dot]

The latest Google Glass update includes the ability to upload videos to YouTube, expanded Google Hangouts support and the option of *winking* to take a picture. [The Verge]

Today, members of the City Council hope to persuade the Port Authority not to renew its contract with wireless provider Boingo. That might finally mean free Wi-Fi at the city’s three airports. [New York Post]

Spotify’s desktop client is getting an extreme makeover. [The Verge]

Let’s all shut up about this year’s Apple holiday ad because it’s stupid. [Gizmodo]

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Booting Up: Wait, Have You Seen How Scary Those Robots That Google Bought Are?

Nope. (Photo: Boston Dynamics/YouTube)

Everything is annoying: Facebook is reportedly going install video ads that will automatically play in a user’s News Feed later this week. [WSJ]

It doesn’t sound like the CEO of LivingSocial knows whether his turnaround plan will work or not. [AdWeek]

There’s now free Wi-Fi in San Francisco but it only works in a three-mile quadrant. [Engadget]

You can unsend messages on Instagram Direct. [BI]

The robots made by Google-owned Boston Dynamics are fucking terrifying. [BGR]