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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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Michel G. / SamMobile: Report says Samsung Gear 360 VR spherical camera with two 180 degree fisheye lenses to debut February 21 alongside Galaxy S7  —  Exclusive: Gear 360 virtual reality camera is real, to accompany the Galaxy S7  —  Only a few weeks ago, the first hints pointing to a new 360 degree camera named Gear 360 surfaced.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: WhatsApp passes 1B monthly active users, says 42B messages and 1.6B photos are shared daily, and users send 250M videos every day  —  WhatsApp passes 1 billion monthly active users  —  WhatsApp has joined a growing club of services that can now count having more than 1 billion monthly active users …

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Edgar Alvarez / Engadget: Dish's 4K-ready Hopper 3 DVR is now available  —  Although the Hopper 3 was supposed to arrive at the end of January, Dish isn't too late on its promise.  The company's third-generation DVR, which supports 4K and up to six Joey receivers simultaneously, is now available to subscribers.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Gmail now has more than 1B active users, up from 900M in May 2015  —  Gmail now has more than 1 billion active users  —  Gmail, Google's email service, now has more than 1 billion active users, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said during today's Alphabet (GOOG) earnings call.

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Ari Levy / CNBC: After blockbuster earnings, Alphabet is set to pass Apple as the world's most valuable public company Tuesday  —  Google passes Apple as most valuable company  —  Google-parent Alphabet passed Apple as the most valuable company in the world.  At current after-hours levels …

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Alphabet announces Q4 results, beats expectations with revenue of $21.33B, up 18% YoY, profit of $8.67 per share  —  Alphabet Reports Rising Profits at Core Google Businesses  —  Operating income from search, YouTube and Android rose 23% in 2015  —  Alphabet Inc. reported new numbers showing …

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Alexei Oreskovic / Business Insider: Alphabet's moonshots lost $3.6B in 2015, compared to $1.9B in 2014, while revenue rose to $448M from $327M  —  Google-parent Alphabet's moonshots lost $3.6 billion in 2015  —  Moonshots are not cheap.  —  Google parent-company Alphabet lost $3.6 billion on moonshot projects in 2015.

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Alphabet Investor Relations: Alphabet Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Results  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.  —  “Our very strong revenue growth in Q4 reflects the vibrancy of our business …

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Re/code: Sources: Magic Leap has raised a new round of at least $827M, intends to announce in the next few days  —  Mysterious Magic Leap Wraps Up Its Mega-Funding Round  —  Magic Leap, the company that's working on an “augmented reality” device that promises to blow your mind, has finished up a giant funding round.

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Google expands presidential candidate cards in search results and Now with info about candidates' positions on issues, will also offer primary voting reminders  —  Google Expanding Candidate Cards, Will Also Offer Primary Voting Reminders  —  Building on an experiment following …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Norwegian telecom Telenor acquires Tapad, a New York-based ad tech startup, for $360M  —  Telenor Jumps Into Ad Tech, Acquires Tapad For $360M  —  Verizon isn't the only carrier that wants to ramp up in ad tech to complement (and offset) its legacy business.

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Sarah Kessler / Fast Company: Sesame Launches A Venture Arm To Invest In Startups That Help Kids  —  In 1966, Sesame Street's founders wondered whether the prevailing entertainment technology of the time, television, could be used to educate young children.  They got their first chance to test the theory when the first show aired …

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Adam Ewing / Bloomberg Business: Nokia and Samsung settle patent dispute; analysts say the deal could result in €200M annual revenue for Nokia  —  Nokia's Samsung Ruling Is Sign of Challenging Patent Contest  —  Samsung patent revenue falls short of analysts' estimates  —  Getting royalty revenue from phone makers is more challenging

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Facebook: Facebook says it's now using feedback from user surveys in News Feed when selecting stories, warns some Pages will lose referral traffic  —  News Feed FYI: Using Qualitative Feedback to Show Relevant Stories  —  The goal of News Feed is to show you the stories that matter most to you.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to unveil cost-cutting plan that includes up to 15% staff reduction, closure of some units  —  Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to Unveil Cost-Cutting Plan  —  Chief executive is expected to announce a cost-cutting plan that includes the closing of several units …

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Kif Leswing / Tech Insider: Report: Google seeking Apple-like control of Nexus phone manufacturing process, reducing involvement of hardware partners  —  Google's got a case of iPhone envy (GOOG, AAPL)  —  Google is planning to take more control over the design of its Nexus smartphones, taking steps to make the line …

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David E. Sanger / New York Times: New technologies like connected TVs, cars, bulbs, wearables, and more give government ample means to track suspects, Berkman Center study finds  —  New Technologies Give Government Ample Means to Track Suspects, Study Finds  —  WASHINGTON — For more than two years the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Samsung updates Android browser for its devices, adds support for third-party ad blocking plugins  —  Samsung's Android browser gets ad blocking capabilities  —  Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones.

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Jay Yarow / Business Insider: Twitter shares are jumping on news that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake thought about buying it out  —  Twitter shares are jumping in pre-market trading on speculation that Marc Andreessen could partner with private equity group Silver Lake to buy the company.  —  The speculation comes from Jessica Lessin of The Information.

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John Markoff / New York Times: Microsoft's Project Natick is an effort to develop a self-contained, underwater data center that could eliminate cooling costs and shorten deployment time  —  Microsoft Plumbs Ocean's Depths to Test Underwater Data Center  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Taking a page from Jules Verne …

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Paul Adams / Inside Intercom: Why “mobile first” is outdated, and big screens are still the most important for some tasks  —  Why Mobile First Is Outdated … For a number of years now, we've been hit over the head time and again with “mobile first” and “mobile only”.  Those of us building software since …

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