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Jacob Rossi / Smashing Magazine: How Microsoft created EdgeHTML, the rendering engine powering the Spartan browser  —  Inside Microsoft's New Rendering Engine For The “Project Spartan”  —  Last week, Microsoft made its biggest announcement for the web since it first introduced Internet Explorer in 1995: a new browser, codenamed “Project Spartan31.”

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Oculus' First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive  —  Oculus just premiered its Story Studio's first virtual reality cinema experience “Lost” that's designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers.  The experience features …

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Reuters: Exclusive: Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will cut its massive workforce, the company told Reuters, as the Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Former Opera CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Browser For Power Users  —  Opera's former CEO Jon von Tetzchner is launching the first preview of Vivaldi today, a new Chromium-based browser that is squarely aimed at power users.  Vivaldi features tools like Quick Commands for using written commands instead …

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Tom Krazit / Gigaom: Silent night: Facebook, Instagram go down for Snowmadgeddon  —  All those carefully crafted images of snowscapes will have to stay locked up for a bit, East Coasters, because Facebook and Instagram are down.  —  I'm not clear what any of you on the East Coast would be doing on Facebook at this hour …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands to UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore  —  Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands beyond the U.S.  —  Apple has notified Apple Maps Connect for Small Businesses users that the service has expanded beyond the United States …

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune: Analysts expect Apple Q1 2015 sales to surpass $68B, up 21% YoY, and higher than Apple's $63.5B to $66.5B guidance  —  Handicapping Apple's earnings  —  This is one of those “big, but how big?” quarters.  —  Apple told Wall Street to expect total sales somewhere in the range of $63.5 to $66.5 billion …

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Martyn Williams / Network World: DEA's license plate reader program tracks car journeys across US, data shared with other law enforcement agencies  —  DEA cameras tracking hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US  —  A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border …

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Brandon Bailey / Associated Press: Microsoft shares down 4.4% after hours as investors react to “not great” results for flagship business  —  Microsoft earnings report doesn't excite market  —  1 photo  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software …

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Richard Lawler / Engadget: WSJ: Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Nashville and North Carolina  —  Rumors broke over the weekend that Google might bring its gigabit internet Fiber connection to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC next, but it's not stopping there.  The Tennesseean reports Nashville has an announcement planned …

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Re/code: Snapchat “Discover” Content Feature Launches Tuesday  —  Snapchat's boosters have long argued the company could be more than just a messaging service: It could also be a platform for media companies to reach the startup's youthful audience.  —  Now Snapchat will try to deliver on its promises.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: 1Password for iOS adds one-time password tool for two factor auth, new login creator, more  —  The popular secure password management app 1Password is out with a big update today adding new features on both iOS and Mac.  Arriving in version 5.2 of 1Password for iOS is a new login creator tool …

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Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal: Digital-Payments Company Ripple Labs Is Finalizing a $30 Million Funding Round  —  Ripple Labs, the developer of a bitcoin-like technology that enables institutions to transfer money internationally, is closing in on a $30 million funding round, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: OS X 10.10.2 Includes Fix for ‘Thunderstrike’ Hardware Exploit Affecting Macs  —  Apple is readying a fix in OS X 10.10.2 for the so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit targeting Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, iMore has learned.  According to the report, Apple patched the vulnerability …

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: Coinbase's US Bitcoin Exchange Opens Doors to Traders  —  Bitcoin services provider Coinbase officially launched its exchange product today to consumers in 24 states.  —  The news follows what proved a dramatic runup to the launch, one sparked by a single teaser tweet that caused speculation to run rampant Sunday.

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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Google's new wireless service can switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi hotspots to find best signal, could be available nationwide first half 2015  —  Google's MVNO would reportedly look for best Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi signal  —  Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) rumored MVNO service with Sprint …

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Dropbox acquires design-minded collaboration software startup Pixelapse  —  Summary:Pixelapse will remain a standalone product as a migration plan to the core Dropbox platform is hatched out.  —  Dropbox has added another collaboration startup to the portfolio with the acquisition of Pixelapse.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Meg Whitman will lead HP Enterprise, Dion Weisler to head HP's PC and printer unit after split  —  HP Names Executive Teams for After the Big Breakup  —  After Hewlett-Packard splits in two later this year, Meg Whitman will be CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the forthcoming corporate computing …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Microsoft sold 6.6M Xbox consoles during the holiday quarter, down 12% from a year ago … In its quarterly earnings report today, Microsoft said it sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles — both Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined — from October to December, which was down from the 7.4 million units sold during the year-ago quarter.

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Microsoft Slips 2% After Reporting $26.5B In FQ2 Revenue, $1.1B In Surface Revenue  —  Today after the bell, Microsoft reported the financial performance of the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, including revenue of $26.47 billion and earnings per share of $0.71.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft sees Surface revenue jump to $1.1B in Q2 2015, sells record 10.5M Lumia smartphones  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement, Microsoft today revealed Surface revenue increased to $1.1 billion in Q2 2015, driven mainly by Surface Pro 3 and its accessories.

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Microsoft: Microsoft Cloud and Devices Momentum Highlights Second Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud revenue grows triple-digits for the sixth consecutive quarter, reaching an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: As Google Looks To Expand Wallet Use, WePay Integrates Instant Buy API  —  Google is reportedly eyeing up an acquisition of Softcard to expand Google Wallet services to more points of sale with retailers, but it also wants to grow its position in the wider world of mobile-based transactions …

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Kif Leswing / Gigaom: Nest to replace old Dropcams for free before they go dark April 15  —  One downside of having products that require cloud services in order to work is that the physical objects can suddenly become obsolete.  —  Over the weekend, Dropcam announced a “legacy camera replacement program,” …

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins tried to ‘acquire’ Social+Capital Partnership  —  Venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recently tried to “acquire” Social+Capital Partnership, a Palo Alto-based VC firm formed in 2011 by former Facebook FB executive Chamath Palihapitiya, Fortune has learned.

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