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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Mozilla to end Firefox OS smartphone support after version 2.6, no staff involvement beyond May  —  Mozilla has brought further clarity to the future of Firefox OS on smartphones today, with the news that development will cease after the release of version 2.6 of the operating system.

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Official Android Blog: Android Wear adds new gestures, speaker support, and ability to send messages using your voice  —  Android Wear: Designed for your wrist  —  You're walking to meet a friend with coffee in hand.  Or maybe it's really cold outside, so you're rocking a pair of mittens.  Or maybe you're in the middle of making dinner.

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Robert Hackett / Fortune: Software supply chain manager Sonatype raises $30M led by Goldman Sachs  —  Goldman Sachs Leads $30 Million Investment in Software Supply Chain Fixer  —  Imagine an auto assembly line in which each factory worker is allowed to make random supplier and part decisions.

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Slack: Slack says 43% of workers are women, up from 39% in September, 7.8% of engineers are black, up from 7%; firm adopts Rooney Rule for leadership role recruitment  —  Diversity and Inclusion: An Update on Our Data  —  Here at Slack we are working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are fundamental components of our organization.

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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg Business: Apple Pay is now available in 2M retail locations, coming soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, Zappos, and Au Bon Pain  —  Apple Pay Locations Reach 2 Million, With Chick-Fil-A to Come  —  The mobile-payment service doubled in-apps purchase volume  —  Greater competition looms while consumers still skeptical

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Driving analytics company Zendrive raises $13.5M led by Sherpa Capital  —  Zendrive raises $13.5M to make roads safer by tracking your driving behaviors  —  Zendrive today announced that it has raised $13.5 million in funding for its technology to make transportation safer.

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Walt Mossberg / The Verge: The quality and reliability of Apple's apps on iOS and OS X have gradually degraded over the past few years  —  Mossberg: Apple's apps need work  —  People think of Apple as a maker of excellent premium hardware.  In fact, many reviewers regard Apple devices as the best you can buy.

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Jonathan Soble / New York Times: Sharp says it's leaning toward a takeover offer from Foxconn over offer from the Japanese government-backed fund INCJ  —  Sharp leaning toward takeover offer from Foxconn over offer from government-backed fund  —  NAGOYA, Japan — Sharp, the struggling Japanese technology company best known …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: YouTube Red to launch its first original programming, three films and a series, on Feb. 10  —  YouTube Set to Premiere First Original Movies, PewDiePie Series  —  YouTube next week is set to launch its first exclusive programming — a test of how many customers will fork over $10 per month …

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: Premium Spotify subscribers can now play music directly on Amazon Echo  —  Amazon's Echo can now play music directly from Spotify  —  Playing Spotify music on the Amazon Echo is now as easy as saying three words: “Alexa, Play Spotify.”  The e-retailer-slash-device-maker launched voice control …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Justin Kan to restart his lifecasting channel, Justin.tv as a Snapchat channel  —  Justin.tv is coming back to life as a Snapchat channel  —  Justin Kan is relaunching the channel that created the modern live-streaming movement.  Justin.tv, founded in 2007 and shuttered in 2014 …

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Cisco: Internet traffic will pass a zettabyte this year driven by mobile, will double again in 2019; 5.5B people will own a mobile device by 2020  —  Phones Will Drive Internet Traffic Past the Zettabyte Mark This Year  —  It's no real secret that the rise in the world's Internet traffic …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Apple Music for Android now lets you save songs to an SD card  —  Don't ever say Apple isn't willing to play to Android's strengths.  The company has just released an update for Apple Music that lets users store downloaded songs onto SD cards (which means microSD cards for most phones today).

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Blair Hanley Frank / PCWorld: Microsoft announces Azure IoT Hub, its cloud service for managing internet-connected devices, will become generally available February 4  —  Microsoft launches IoT Hub to ingest data from the physical world  —  The service helps companies manage a massive fleet of embedded devices

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Chris Welch / The Verge: GoPro CEO says firm will discontinue three of its cameras in April, but Hero 4 Black at $500, Hero 4 Silver at $400, and Hero 4 Session at $200 will remain  —  GoPro will slash camera lineup to just three models in April  —  Coming to terms with a rather miserable financial quarter …

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Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business: Google's search chief Amit Singhal to retire February 26, will be replaced by AI manager John Giannandrea  —  Google Search Chief Singhal to Retire, Replaced by AI Manager  —  Successor John Giannandrea works on machine intelligence  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai has highlighted AI as crucial

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Nicole Lee / Engadget: Square NFC payment reader available in US Apple stores for $49, compatible with chip-enabled cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay  —  Square is selling its NFC payment reader in Apple Stores  —  Last November, Square finally got on with the times and unveiled an NFC-friendly reader …

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Ian King / Bloomberg Business: Sources: Google to commit to purchasing Qualcomm server chips pending benchmarks being met  —  Google Said to Endorse Qualcomm's Fledgling Server-Chip Efforts  —  Companies have cooperated on design work, people familiar say  —  Qualcomm's push could pose threat to Intel's server dominance

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: IBM buys German design agency Ecx.io, its third creative-services acquisition this week  —  IBM Buys Germany's Ecx.io, Its Third Creative Services Acquisition In A Week  —  IBM has made its third acquisition in the space of a week — and its second in Europe — to expand its front-end design …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX after court finds FaceTime, VPN, iMessage infringed patents  —  Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent trial  —  A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Struggling GoPro falls short on earnings with quarterly revenue of $437M, down 31% YoY; announces new CFO Brian McGee; stock down 10%+ after hours  —  Struggling GoPro Falls 10% On Earnings Miss; Announces New CFO  —  Sales of action camera maker GoPro fell short of Wall Street expectations on Wednesday …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Sources: Amazon plans more physical stores, including retail stores that aren't bookstores, but has no immediate plans for 300-400 stores  —  Meet the Guy Behind Amazon's Secret Retail Store Plans  —  The man behind the Kindle is leading Amazon's project to create the retail stores of the future.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Cisco says it agrees to pay $1.4B for Jasper, a platform to connect Internet-of-Things devices  —  Cisco To Buy Jasper Technologies For $1.4 Billion  —  Cisco announced today it was buying Jasper Technologies, a company that sells an Internet of Things cloud platform, for $1.4 billion.

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: Blockstream raises $55M Series A to develop interoperable blockchain tech  —  Blockstream Raises $55 Million to Build Out Bitcoin's Blockchain  —  Blockstream has raised $55m in Series A funding to continue its work expanding the bitcoin code base for commercial use.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram extends max video ad length from 30 to 60 seconds to attract TV dollars; max user-posted video length remains at 15 seconds  —  Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars  —  Instagram today announced that it began running its first 60-second video ads, starting with T-Mobile and Warner Brothers.

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