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Nikkei: Sony to ax another 1,000 workers in smartphone segment  —  TOKYO — Sony plans to cut an additional 1,000 employees in its smartphone business, mainly in Europe and China, under an effort to bring the segment into the black.  —  The Japanese electronics giant had announced last October …

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First Round Capital: An interview with Slack founder Stewart Butterfield on the company's strategy for a successful launch  —  From 0 to $1B - Slack's Founder Shares Their Epic Launch Strategy  —  Slack started working on the app at the end of 2012.  ("Never mind the part where we first tried …

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Matt Levine / Bloomberg View: Yahoo's spinoff of Alibaba holdings is tax-free, remains so if Alibaba eventually buys spinoff  —  Yahoo Would Rather Not Pay Taxes on Its Alibaba Shares  —  The basic contours of the Yahoo/Alibaba situation are well known.  Yahoo owns Alibaba shares worth $40 billion.  Those shares are in a glass box.

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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch: Lockitron Announces The $99 Bolt, A Deadbolt You Can Unlock With Your Phone  —  Y Combinator alum Lockitron is today launching the Bolt, a $99 follow-up to its troubled crowdfunded keyless-entry gadget.  —  Lockitron co-founder Cameron Robertson says the company learned a lot from the difficulties …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Apple sold 5M Apple TVs since April of last year for a total of 25M units since its debut  —  Apple TV Hasn't Changed in Years, but Has Sold 25 Million Units Anyway  —  For the record: Tim Cook told Wall Street that Apple has sold 25 million Apple TVs over the product's lifetime.

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Scott Stein / CNET: Misfit Flash will gain ability to control Nest, August, and Logitech connected devices, communicate with IFTTT, Yo, and Spotify  —  Misfit turns $50 Flash fitness band into smart home remote, too  —  The Flash's click-button will integrate across several services as Misfit aims to turn …

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2  —  Microsoft's Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $1.1 billion in revenue.  While we don't actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest model, the Surface Pro 3 …

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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch: Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever  —  Apple had a pretty good quarter.  —  And by “pretty good,” I mean it was the biggest quarter in history.  And not just for Apple.  For any company.  Ever.  —  This page charts the past record holders.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft confirms Windows 10's ‘Spartan’ browser to get extensions  —  Summary:Microsoft's new ‘Spartan’ browser will include support for extensions at some point, Microsoft officials have confirmed.  —  Microsoft's new browser for Windows 10, codenamed “Spartan,” will be getting extensions …

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Jim Finkle / Reuters: Linux makers release patch to thwart new ‘Ghost’ cyber threat  —  (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cyber threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems.

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times: Apple reports $16.1B in revenue from greater China, up 70% from same period a year ago  —  Apple's Earnings Soar on Strong iPhones Sales in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is famous for setting trends.  —  In China, though, Apple has found success by following one.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited  —  Marriott asked the FCC to please let it block Wi-Fi.  The hotel gets a firm answer.  —  On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission issued an “Enforcement Advisory” stating that blocking W-Fi in hotels is unequivocally “prohibited.”

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Anya George Tharakan / Reuters: Electronic Arts Q3 beats expectations with $1.43B net revenue, boosted by strong game sales for older consoles and mobile phones  —  Games publisher Electronic Arts profit, revenue beats estimates  —  (Reuters) - Electronic Arts Inc (EA.O), publisher of the “FIFA” and “Madden NFL” …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Opens Registration For F8 Conference Featuring Oculus, WhatsApp, Instagram  —  Omnipresence seems to be the theme for Facebook's F8 conference this year.  Today, registration opened allowing developers to apply for $495 tickets, though it's free to livestream.

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: Netflix is revamping its data architecture for streaming movies  —  Netflix is revamping the computing architecture that processes data for its streaming video service, according to a Netflix blog post that came out on Tuesday.  —  The Netflix engineering team wanted an architecture …

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Kyle Russell / TechCrunch: Prynt, a case that turns your phone into a Polaroid camera, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $49  —  The Case That Turns Your Phone Into A Polaroid Camera Is Now On Kickstarter  —  The Prynt case, which lets you print photos directly from your phone, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Brought More Android Switchers, New Customers Than Prior Models  —  During today's earnings call covering the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about the sales split between the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple announces 1 billion iOS devices sold  —  Today during Apple's Q1 earnings call with investors, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company sold its billionth iOS device back in November.  —  Cook noted that the billionth device was a 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and that the company is keeping it at its headquarters in honor of the milestone.

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg: VMware Q4 exceeds expectations, $1.7B revenue, $1.08 EPS, adds $1B to buyback program  —  VMware Profit Exceeds Analysts' Estimates on New Contracts  —  VMware Inc. (VMW), the software maker whose parent company, EMC Corp., has been targeted by an activist investor, reported fourth-quarter profit …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Pay Responsible for Two of Every Three Contactless Payments on Visa, MasterCard, and American Express  —  Since its introduction in October, Apple Pay has accounted for two of every three dollars spent through contactless payments on Visa, Mastercard, and American Express …

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Rachel King / ZDNet: AT&T narrowly beats Q4 expectations with $34.4B revenue and $0.55 EPS  —  AT&T beats Q4 targets, betting big on business customer base in 2015  —  Summary:In the Q4 earnings report, AT&T boasted it is “leading” the Internet of Things wave with 19.8 million connected devices on its network thus far.

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Apple Watch to start shipping in April  —  Apple CEO Tim Cooks says development for the wearable is “right on schedule.”  —  Apple's first wearable, Apple Watch, will begin shipping in April, the company's CEO revealed Tuesday.  —  CEO Tim Cook, speaking during a call with analysts following …

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Jordan Golson / MacRumors: Apple reports $18B profit on record $74.6B revenue for Q1 2015, gross margin of 39.9%; holds $178B cash and marketable securities  —  Apple Reports Record Earnings and iPhone Sales: $18B Profit on $74.6B in Revenue for Q1 2015 [Conference Call Liveblog In Progress]

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Apple Watch will ship in April, Tim Cook says during earnings call  —  Apple has revealed that the Apple Watch will ship in April, though a specific date wasn't given.  The announcement came during today's earnings call.  —  Apple's wearable will support notifications and “glances” …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Apple sells a record 74.5M iPhones in Q1, a 46% YoY increase, 21.4M iPads, a 21% decrease  —  Apple breaks its sales records with 74.5M iPhones in Q1 2015, but iPad sales decline 21% to 21.4M  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement, Apple today revealed …

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