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Travis Kalanick, / Uber Global: Uber announces major rebranding with icons designed to reflect regional colors and patterns, as well as a new logotype  —  Celebrating Cities: A New Look and Feel for Uber  —  Have you ever looked at someone's hairstyle and thought “oh my, you peaked in the 1990s?”  Well that's a bit how I feel about Uber's look today.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft to turn on Yammer by default for eligible Office 365 customers over next few months as it tries to head off Facebook at Work  —  Microsoft tries to head off Facebook at Work by turning on Yammer by default  —  Microsoft is turning Yammer on by default for eligible Office 365 commercial customers over the next few months.

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Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business: Nintendo quarterly profit down 36% as Wii U and 3DS sales drop; first smartphone game on track for March release  —  Oh No Mario: Nintendo Profit Dives as Buyers Await Mobile Games  —  Wii U, 3DS hardware sales languish despite Splatoon, Mario  —  President Kimishima affirms first smartphone game in March

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Lauren Johnson / Adweek: Sources: Twitter's branded custom emojis come in packaged deals costing around $1M  —  Twitter's Branded Emojis Come With a Million-Dollar Commitment  —  Twitter is asking its biggest advertisers to speak emoji—for $1 million.  —  Since October, Twitter has designed 17 custom emojis …

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: Inside Marissa Mayer's efforts to maintain Yahoo Labs amid layoffs, overseas office shutdowns, and a shift from longer-term research to product initiatives  —  Yahoo has a Google-like moonshot factory where crazy ideas are tested — but it's dying and Marissa Mayer is struggling to revive it

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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today: Microsoft app used to tally votes at Iowa caucus fails in some areas  —  As Republican and Democratic caucus voters used new Microsoft tallying apps during the Iowa caucuses, some took to Twitter to say the sites were crashing, while others complemented them on how swiftly they worked.

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Claire Reilly / CNET: Instagram begins publishing 28-part thriller series, Shield 5, posting 15-second clips on its Instagram page daily throughout February  —  28 'Grams: Instagram launches serial thriller, 15 seconds at a time  —  Indie cinema is moving onto your phone with the new 28-part serial thriller …

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: NPD: 13.4M fitness trackers were sold in the US in 2015, up from 7.2M in 2014, totaling $1.46B in sales, up from $692M the previous year  —  The Apple Watch didn't slow down sales of fitness trackers last year  —  Spending on wearable devices in the US nearly doubled in 2015 from 2014 …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android  —  With opportune timing, given Apple's decision to put its curated iTunes Radio stations behind a paywall, music streaming service SoundCloud today launched its own take on continuous, lean-back listening with the debut of “Stations.”

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Agence France-Presse: European Court of Human Rights rules news websites are not responsible for “insulting and rude” reader comments in case against Hungarian website  —  News sites not liable for ‘insulting and rude’ reader comments, says ECHR  —  Hungarian website argued that holding it liable …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Salesforce vice chairman and president Keith Block is now also Chief Operating Officer  —  Salesforce Adds COO To Keith Block's List Of Executive Titles  —  Salesforce announced today that vice chairman and president Keith Block was also taking the role of Chief Operating Office at the cloud CRM giant.

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Jeremy Kirk / PCWorld: FireEye acquires automated response platform provider Invotas  —  FireEye acquires Invotas for faster incident response  —  Invotas' platform consolidates information from many security products  —  FireEye said Monday it has acquired Invotas, a company that develops a platform …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: OutSystems raises $55M round, led by North Bridge Growth Equity for its rapid application delivery platform  —  OutSystems Raises $55M For Its Rapid Application Delivery Platform  —  OutSystems, an Atlanta-based service that helps enterprises quickly build line-of-business apps …

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Mark Scott / New York Times: Sources: US and Europe reach safe harbor data deal, privacy rights advocates may file legal challenges  —  U.S. and Europe in ‘Safe Harbor’ Data Deal, but Legal Fight May Await  —  European officials on Tuesday agreed to a deal with the United States that would let Google …

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Federico Viticci / MacStories: Review of popular email client Airmail that launched on iPhone with iCloud Sync, filters, snooze, third-party app integrations, and more for $4.99  —  Airmail for iPhone Review: Power User Email  —  If you want to drive an average tech nerd crazy, try to talk about email clients.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple eyes March 15 event for iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 & Apple Watch updates  —  Apple is currently aiming to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to sources.  We previously reported that Apple …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: AR Startup Magic Leap Raises $793.5M Series C At $4.5B Valuation Led By Alibaba  —  Magic Leap has been successful in keeping a lot of its technology under wraps — the augmented and virtual reality technology company has yet to release a product — but its fundraising has been an open secret.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: T-Mobile is fastest U.S. 4G network, according to crowdsourced mobile data company OpenSignal  —  A new report from OpenSignal shines a light on the current state-of-play among mobile networks in the U.S.  —  Looking at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile, the State of Mobile Networks: USA …

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: Rocket Internet's Spotcap Raises Further €31.5M To Lend To Small Businesses  —  Spotcap, the Rocket Internet-founded fintech startup that operates an online lending platform for small businesses, has beefed up its coffers with €31.5 million in new funding.

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica: YouTube stars Fine Brothers rescind plans to trademark terms and license assets related to their “react” videos after backlash  —  Fine Bros back down, rescind trademark claim on the word “react”  —  This is as much of React World as you're likely to see after the “react video” …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: IDC: Tablet shipments decline 10.1% in 2015, leaders Apple and Samsung both lose market share  —  The tablet market is still in decline.  —  Q4 2015 is the fifth straight quarter in a row to see a decrease year over year: 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7 percent from the 76.4 million units …

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Dee Lockett / Vulture: Recording Industry Association of America starts counting on-demand streaming audio and video toward certifying albums as gold or platinum sellers  —  The RIAA Finally Bows to Streaming, Making 17 Artists' Albums Go Gold and Platinum  —  This is huge.  —  Call it the Anti effect, or just call it getting hip to the times.

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Time Warner urges Hulu to remove current-season episodes from the service amid renewed talks  —  Hulu in Talks to Sell Stake to Time Warner  —  Hulu is seeking to sell a stake to Time Warner Inc. as part of a deal that would value the streaming-video service at more than $5 billion …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: FCC Allows Further Testing of LTE Service in Unlicensed Spectrum Used by Wi-Fi  —  Today, cellphones often have the ability to grab data over Wi-Fi or over LTE.  But if Verizon and Qualcomm have their way, phones may soon use the same LTE technology even when they are operating over airwaves typically occupied by Wi-Fi.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Evernote Will Shut Down Market, Its E-Commerce Effort, On Wednesday  —  Some more news from Evernote — the note-taking app and startup of the same name — that speaks to the company's current rough patch: today it announced that as of Wednesday at 6pm Pacific, it will shutter Market …

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