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Steven Musil / CNET: Amazon ends its mobile-wallet beta six months after launch  —  Amazon to fold its mobile-wallet app beta on Wednesday  —  The closure comes amid rocky efforts by tech companies to expand into the financial industry.  —  Amazon will pull the plug on its Amazon Wallet beta on Wednesday …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Vessel Signs More YouTube Stars to Subscription Service, Launches Limited Beta Test  —  Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, has signed more than a dozen YouTube stars and other partners to its service as it opens up the service in an invitation-only beta test.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: FreedomPop launches unlimited WiFi with 10M hotspots across US for $5/month  —  FreedomPop Turns On Unlimited Wi-Fi Across The US For $5/Month  —  FreedomPop, the startup that is trying to steal users away from mobile carriers by offering free, basic cellular voice and data plans …

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Alleged “right hand man” to Silk Road 2.0 leader arrested in Seattle  —  On Tuesday a Washington state man was arrested by federal authorities in Seattle's Bellevue suburb for allegedly helping to run Silk Road 2., the anonymous online marketplace for illicit goods that sprang …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Plex Arrives On PS4 And PS3 In The U.S And Canada Today  —  Plex is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 today.  The personal media hub software originally came to Sony's consoles back in mid-December of 2014, with a U.S. launch promised for a later date.

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Bloomberg: Apple Steps Up Lobbying in Washington to Counter Government Scrutiny  —  Tim Cook recently traveled to an unfamiliar destination for an Apple Inc. (AAPL) chief executive officer: The U.S. Capitol.  —  During the trip last month, Cook posed for a photo with Senator Orrin Hatch …

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Users of 3rd-party WhatsApp clients reportedly being banned from the service for 24 hours  —  WhatsApp is one of the most-used messaging apps in existence, and today countless users of the service have taken to Google+ and Twitter to report that they're being banned from the service for 24 hours.

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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge: Every Khan Academy course is now available on the iPad for the first time  —  Over 150,000 training exercises have been added  —  Two technology trends are inescapable: people want to do everything online, and they want to do those things on a mobile device.

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Stuart Dredge / Guardian: Apple acquires UK startup Semetric, which runs music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Apple buys the British startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Company helps record labels track digital sales, streams and social stats, and could become part of Beats Music relaunch

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Startup L. Jackson Speaks Out About Diversity, Cool Products, And All The People He's Not  —  Anonymous Twitter persona Startup L. Jackson has captured a large following in the tech community due to his biting commentary on Silicon Valley culture and regular startup advice.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Dropbox acquires Israel-based CloudOn, a developer of mobile productivity tools  —  Dropbox Dips Into Israel With CloudOn Buy  —  Acquisitive tech startup Dropbox just gobbled up another young app maker to bolster its European expansion.  —  The cloud-storage provider on Tuesday closed …

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Bloomberg: Shazam raises $30M at a valuation of over $1B, has over 100M monthly active mobile users  —  Shazam Music App Valued at More Than $1 Billion in New Funding  —  Shazam Entertainment Ltd. raised $30 million in a new financing that values the music-finding application at more than $1 billion.

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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: Google, Apple, Microsoft, Khan Academy, and others sign pledge to protect K-12 student privacy  —  Google, Khan Academy join in student privacy pledge  —  Google has signed on to a pledge promising not to sell ads on its products designed for schools.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

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Bloomberg: Samsung Said to Drop Qualcomm Chip From Next Galaxy Smartphone  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will use its own microprocessors in the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone, dropping its use of a Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) chip that overheated during the Korean company's testing, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Bloomberg: Online travel agent Orbitz is exploring a sale, drawing interest from private equity funds and other Internet companies  —  Orbitz Is Exploring a Sale, Drawing Buyout Interest  —  Orbitz Worldwide Inc. (OWW), the online travel agent that runs Orbitz.com and Cheaptickets.com, is exploring a sale …

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Alan Yuhas / Guardian: White House breaks own State of the Union embargo for online audience  —  Obama administration posts full text of president's speech before its own media embargo in unprecedented decision targeting internet-savvy readers  —  The White House posted the entire text of President Obama's 2015 State …

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Cory Bennett / The Hill: Obama calls for bipartisan effort on cybersecurity legislation in State of the Union address  —  President makes unprecedented cybersecurity pitch  —  President Obama made an historic push for cybersecurity action during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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Cooper Quintin / Electronic Frontier Foundation: HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites  —  The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov-the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care-is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites.

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Eric Tucker / Associated Press: Justice Department reaches $134K settlement with woman who DEA agents impersonated on Facebook  —  US settles case over fake Facebook page  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Planet Labs raises $95M from Data Collective and others for its small imaging satellites  —  Planet Labs Nabs $95 Million And A New COO To Cover The Earth With Flocks Of Tiny Satellites  —  In less than five years since being founded, satellite startup Planet Labs has created a whole new way to do satellite imagery.

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Michael Sebastian / AdAge: The Verge will run a $700 Super Bowl ad in one Montana market with 30K people  —  Super Bowl Ad for Tech Website The Verge?  Vox Says Yes, but...  [Updated]  —  Won't Say Whether Regional or National Buy … A rumor erupted on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that Vox Media had bought …

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Aaron Souppouris / Engadget: Valve's Steam Broadcasting video game streaming service launches for all Steam users  —  Steam's answer to Twitch game streaming is now live  —  Valve is now letting its millions of Steam users stream their games to the world.  Steam Broadcasting, the company's answer to the wildly popular Twitch …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Chrome 40 for iOS arrives with Material Design, Handoff support to your default browser on OS X  —  Google today released Chrome 40 for iOS.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.  —  The first change you'll notice in version 40.0.2214.61 is the implementation of Google's Material Design mantra.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within two years, expanding to 200 countries  —  Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries within the next two years  —  Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com  —  Credit: Twin Design / Shutterstock.com  —  Netflix wants to complete …

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: IBM Q4: $5.81 EPS, beating estimates; $24.1B in revenue, down 12%; cloud revenue up 60%  —  IBM Reports Earnings: It's A Miss On Revenue  —  IBM just reported earnings and we're sifting through them now.  —  This is its fourth quarter earnings, the first one since CEO Ginni Rometty admitted …

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