Four tech notions that need a fresh start in 2014

Gigaom

The end of the year always brings out the best intentions. Out with the old bad habits, in with the new. To that end, here are some fresh starts worth embarking on January 1:

The NSA/privacy: Revelations accusing the U.S. government of snooping on well, everyone, and companies allegedlycooperating in that personal data gathering seem to trickle in everyday with no signs of slowing down in the new year. We can’t really put the genie back in the bottle, but at least we’ll be a little more educated about the issue 2014.

Microsoft: The Redmond giant’s enterprise business is doing just fine. But the consumer side needs some work. The Surface tablet is a dud (my colleague, Kevin Tofel, was thankful his firmware update failed — not a good sign), Windows Phone is still not a major player and the Xbox One rollout hit some bumps

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