Morning news roundup for January 2
Good morning, Apple fans. It's only the second day of 2014 and here's the early morning news.
- MacNN reports that the Mac Pro won't hit Apple Stores until March or April. It looks like you'll be ordering online for the foreseeable future.
- "Lucky Bags" go on sale in Japanese Apple Stores. This New Year's tradition lets customers buy bags of secret items for 36,000 yen, or about US$345. Contents vary, but one configuration includes an 11-inch MacBook Air with a Power Support Air Jacket, an Apple Magic Mouse and a Beats by Dre Pill Bluetooth speaker.
- 4.6 million Snapchat numbers and usernames have been leaked. Website SnapchatDB, run by an anonymous person(s), lists details of users and their locations. Gibson Security has said that the data was acquired through "a recently patched Snapchat exploit."
- Google shutting down Bump and Flock. Oh, how we hardly knew ye. According to developer David Lieb's blog, both Bump and Flock will shut down so that Lieb can focus on other Google projects. Both iOS apps will be available until Jan. 31, and users have until then to download their data via an in-app export link.
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