Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 12/31/2013 3:40 pm


Apple Inc. says it played no role in the National Security Agency's alleged efforts to hack the iPhone, explaining that it was unaware of a recently revealed program apparently aimed at turning the best-selling smartphone into an improvised listening device. The Cupertino, California-based, company said Tuesday it had never worked with the NSA to deliberately weaken its products, promising that it would "defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who's behind them." Apple's statement follows the disclosure by privacy advocate Jacob Appelbaum of a leaked document describing an NSA-designed "software implant" intended to turn an iPhone into a pocket-sized informer, secretly recording audio, stealing files, and harvesting contact information. The revelation was one of series of disclosures which have rattled the NSA in the past six months.

Netflix Chairman and CEO Reed Hastings is getting a 50 percent pay bump in 2014 after a year in which shares of the online video subscription company quadrupled to an all-time high. A regulatory filing shows that Hastings' annual salary will climb from $2 million to $3 million next year, and his annual stock option allowance also will rise by $1 million to $3 million. The $6 million in total pay compares to $4 million in 2013, when his pay doubled. Netflix Inc. shares hit an all-time high price of $389.16 in October after ending 2012 at $92.59. The company this year began releasing original content like its "House of Cards" and "Orange Is The New Black" series, both of which have been a huge hit with viewers.


App Store Official Charts for the week ending Dec. 30, 2013:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. "Minecraft - Pocket Edition", Mojang
2. "Cut the Rope 2", ZeptoLab UK Limited
3. "Heads Up!", Warner Bros.
4. "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", Rockstar Games
5. "NBA 2K14", 2K Sports
6. "Afterlight", Simon Filip
7. "Plague Inc.", Ndemic Creations
8. "Survival Games - Mine Mini Game With Minecraft Skin Exporter (PC Edition) & Multiplayer", JoyDo Entertainment
9. "Need for Speed Most Wanted", Electronic Arts
10. "Wipeout", Activision Publishing, Inc.


Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. "Tiny Thief", Rovio Stars Ltd.
2. "12 Days of Gifts", iTunes
3. "YouTube", Google, Inc.
4. "Snapchat", Snapchat, Inc.
5. "Instagram", Instagram, Inc.
6. "Facebook", Facebook, Inc.
7. "Angry Birds Star Wars II", Rovio Entertainment Ltd
8. "Flipagram", Cheerful, Inc.
9. "Pandora Radio", Pandora Media, Inc.
10. "Candy Crush Saga", King.com Limited


Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. "Minecraft - Pocket Edition", Mojang
2. "Cut the Rope 2", ZeptoLab UK Limited
3. "Heads Up!", Warner Bros.
4. "Survival Games - Mine Mini Game With Minecraft Skin Exporter (PC Edition) & Multiplayer", JoyDo Entertainment
5. "The Room Two", Fireproof Games
6. "THE GAME OF LIFE for iPad", Electronic Arts
7. "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas", Rockstar Games
8. "Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day", Fifth Star Labs LLC
9. "MONOPOLY for iPad", Electronic Arts
10. "Infinity Blade III", Chair Entertainment Group, LLC


Top Free iPad Apps:

1. "YouTube", Google, Inc.
2. "Netflix", Netflix, Inc.
3. "Facebook", Facebook, Inc.
4. "Candy Crush Saga", King.com Limited
5. "GarageBand", Apple
6. "Angry Birds Go!", Rovio Entertainment Ltd
7. "Angry Birds Star Wars II", Rovio Entertainment Ltd
8. "Skype for iPad", Skype Communications S.a.r.l
9. "Tiny Thief", Rovio Stars Ltd.
10. "12 Days of Gifts", iTunes
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