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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Google's 3D mapping technology, Project Tango, graduates from the Advanced Technology and Projects group  —  Google spins out Project Tango from its Advanced Technology and Projects group  —  At the moment, it's not quite clear what's happening to Project Tango, Google's ambitious plan …

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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter: Snapchat's first original web series debuts tomorrow in Discover, with episodes available for 24 hours  —  Sasha Spielberg, Emily Goldwyn to Star in Snapchat Web Series (Exclusive)  —  Snapchat is making a web series.  —  Literally Can't Even comes from writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn …

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Ross Miller / The Verge: Associated Press now writes 3K stories per quarter on US earning reports after teaming with Automated Insights, plans to expand globally  —  AP's ‘robot journalists’ are writing their own stories now  —  Minutes after Apple released its record-breaking quarterly earnings this week …

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Vine Kids, a separate app tailored for kids with child-friendly Vines, is available now on iOS  —  Vine Introduces Vine Kids  —  Vine is today introducing a new layer of the app called Vine Kids.  It's meant to be a safe, kid-friendly space for a younger audience to play around with the app and watch vines.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: ESPN to sell live, on-demand access to the Cricket World Cup on web for $100, mobile apps coming on Feb. 11  —  ESPN Takes Another Step Outside the Bundle, Starts Selling Streaming Cricket World Cup Subscriptions  —  ESPN is going to try selling sports directly to viewers over the Internet …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Secret Co-Founder Chrys Bader-Wechseler Steps Down Because It's Not About Design Anymore  —  One year after founding anonymish app Secret with fellow Googler David Byttow, Chrys Bader-Wechseler is leaving the company on amicable terms.  He cites that Secret isn't about design and curation …

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to collectively install a $32.5M 4G LTE upgrade to Chicago's subways  —  The big 4 carriers will bring LTE to Chicago's subways  —  4G services are finally coming to Chicago's subways.  Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are collectively installing …

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New York Times: Verizon Wireless to Allow Complete Opt Out of Mobile ‘Supercookies’  —  Verizon Wireless, which has been under fire by privacy advocates since late last year, has decided to make a major revision to its mobile ad-targeting program.  Users who do not want to be tracked with an identifier …

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Steven Levy / Backchannel: Facebook supplementing algorithms with direct questions to improve relevance of News Feed, currently testing with 600 people  —  Revealed: Facebook's Project to Find Out What People Really Want in Their News Feed  —  Every weekday beginning at around nine, 30 contracted white-collar laborers arrive …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget  —  Some more details are emerging around AOL's reorganization plans.  The company later today is expected to announce that it is laying off around 150 people, with the majority in sales.

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Strategy Analytics Blog: Android Shipped 1 Billion Smartphones Worldwide in 2014  —  According to the latest research from our WSS (Smartphones) service, global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units in 2014.  Android accounted for 81 percent of all smartphones last year …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google Agrees To Change Privacy Policy In Settlement With UK's Information Commissioner  —  While Google continues to work through the best implementation of Right To Be Forgotten legislation in Europe, some more developments in the area of consumer data and privacy.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Jay-Z takes on Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56M  —  Here's an interesting piece of acquisition news for a Friday morning: International rapping superstar Jay-Z is on the verge of buying Swedish company Aspiro AB — the firm that owns …

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Todd Shields / Bloomberg Business: FCC considers formal complaint process for reviewing paid peering deals  —  Netflix Deals With Broadband Providers Said to Get Oversight  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators plan to issue rules next month allowing them to review the terms Internet service providers demand …

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Google's search for sales, profit falls short  —  The search giant continues to pull in billions from its search and advertising business, even as the company looks for other ways to make money.  —  For the past few quarters, Google's finances have been the story of same-old, same-old …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Google's Q4 falls short of expectations with $14.5B revenue, on real estate purchases and slowing ad revenue growth  —  Google's fourth quarter misses mark  —  Summary:In what was supposed to be a strong quarter, Google's fourth quarter results missed the mark.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: OnePlus Will Launch Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12  —  OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed that it will unveil its own ROM which can be installed on third-party Android devices on February 12.

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David Byttow / Medium: Secret co-founder Chrys Bader steps down  —  New beginnings  —  Chrys Bader and I launched Secret exactly one year ago tomorrow.  In that short time, we've grown our team to 25 incredible people and signed up over 15 million people around the world.  —  It's been an amazing journey.

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Eric Johnson / Re/code: Twitch hit 100M unique viewers in December 2014, more than double the 45M from a year ago  —  Twitch's Monthly Viewers More Than Doubled (Again) in 2014  —  Video game streaming site Twitch, now owned by Amazon, said today that it has crossed 100 million monthly unique viewers …

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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times: China acknowledges targeting VPN services to foster the “healthy development” of the nation's internet, says VPNs are illegal  —  China Clamps Down Still Harder on Internet Access  —  BEIJING — Jing Yuechen, the founder of an Internet start-up here in the Chinese capital …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht's Laptop  —  If anyone still believes that bitcoin is magically anonymous internet money, the US government just offered what may be the clearest demonstration yet that it's not.  A courtroom PowerPoint presentation traced hundreds …

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J.T. Quigley / Tech in Asia: Google's Nexus Player heading to Japan, its first market outside of North America  —  Google today announced that its Android-powered TV streaming box, the Nexus Player, will begin selling in Japan late next month.  Japan will be the first country outside of the US and Canada to receive the device.

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Abhijeet M. / SamMobile: Samsung may remove default add-ons from TouchWiz on Galaxy S6, make them downloadable instead  —  Exclusive: Samsung removing bloat from TouchWiz, making most of it downloadable  —  The fact that Samsung's phones and tablets come with a lot of software features is both an advantage and a curse.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft  —  Outlook.  Yes, Outlook.  —  Gmail is the world's most popular email service, and the iPhone, as if this week didn't make it abundantly clear, is the world's most popular smartphone.  The two have been around for years and years …

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Dan Levine / Reuters: Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S  —  (Reuters) - A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.

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