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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: Travel Search Site Hipmunk Cuts Yahoo Deal  —  Hipmunk is a tiny company compared to online travel giants like Priceline and Expedia that can far outspend it on marketing.  —  But Hipmunk, which has won a following for its simple, uncluttered hotel and flight search service …

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Ben Kepes / Forbes: Microsoft announces new Azure services, built-in mobile device management for Office 365  —  More Microsoft News From TechEd Europe—Azure, Mobile And Ecosystem  —  This week sees Microsoft head to Europe for its annual TechEd conference and, in keeping with the need for news announcements at the event …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft borrows Mac trackpad gestures for Windows 10  —  Microsoft introduced new trackpad gestures in Windows 8, but the company is expanding them further with the upcoming release of Windows 10.  In a keynote speech at TechEd Europe today, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore demonstrated …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: UK's New Call Telecom buys 70% stake in Nimbuzz for $175M  —  Messaging App Nimbuzz Goes To UK's New Call In $250M Deal  —  Yet more consolidation in the messaging app business: Nimbuzz, an early mover in messaging that currently has 200 million+ users with a large number of those in India, has been majority acquired by New Call.

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Elizabeth Rust / Guardian: Should we be concerned about Placemeter - an app which monitors street views from apartment windows?  —  Placemeter pays New Yorkers to suction-cup an old smartphone to their window, then records and analyses what's happening outside  —  Placemeter's algorithm counts the number of people entering shops and monitors traffic levels

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Anna Irrera / Wall Street Journal: UBS CIO: Blockchain Technology Can Massively Simplify Banking  —  What technology has the potential to disrupt the financial services sector the most?  —  It's not the tech giants like Apple , Facebook or Google , who have all made recent moves into payments services.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft readies built-in, free mobile device management for Office 365 users  —  Summary: Microsoft is taking steps toward delivering on its cross-platform device, application and data management with new Office 365 capabilities.  —  Microsoft is building a subset of the mobile-device-management …

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Office Blogs: Office 365 gets new SDKs for iOS, Android, and Visual Studio, plus new APIs  —  New Office 365 extensibility for Windows, iOS, Android and web developers  —  In a world where people move between multiple devices and numerous apps to get things done, we're announcing today new ways …

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: LG says it will end the production of plasma TVs by the end of November  —  LG Electronics says to end production of plasma display TVs  —  The LG company logo is seen following an event during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2014.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Apple confirms decline in sales of iTunes digital music downloads  —  In a securities filings, Apple confirmed what just about everyone else suspected: Sales of iTunes music downloads are falling.  —  The admission came in the company's annual report filed yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Lauren Goode / Re/code: YouTube's Wojcicki says they're considering paid ad-free subscriptions, reaffirms a music service is on the way  —  Susan Wojcicki Wants to Sell You YouTube Video Subscriptions  —  YouTube is in the early stages of exploring new subscription services, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Re/code's Peter Kafka …

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Andy Baio / Medium: Analysis of 316K #Gamergate tweets in 72 hours: 69% RTs, 25% from recently created accounts  —  72 Hours of #Gamergate  —  Digging through 316,669 tweets from three days of Twitter's two-month-old trainwreck  —  Visualizing the social graph of the #GamerGate/#NotYourShield universe

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Malavika Velayanikal / Tech in Asia: Snapdeal bags $627M funding, Ola nets $210M, as SoftBank ploughs $10B into India  —  The investments into Snapdeal and Ola are part of a whopping US$10 billion earmarked by SoftBank to pump into India's booming ecommerce, telecom, and aviation industries.  Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of SoftBank …

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Teppei Kasai / Reuters: Japan's SoftBank buys $627 million stake in Indian online retailer Snapdeal  —  (Reuters) - Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has agreed to buy a $627 million stake in Indian online retailer Snapdeal, seeking to tap into potentially huge e-commerce growth in the market with the world's third-biggest Internet user base.

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Behind VMware's 2012 $1.26B Nicira acquisition and how it led to the uncoupling of VCE  —  The Inside Story Of A $1 Billion Acquisition That Caused Cisco To Divorce Its Closest Partner, EMC  —  Tech giant EMC said last week that it's ending its wildly successful joint venture with Cisco, known as VCE.

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: ARM unveils a trio of graphics chip designs for mobile media processing  —  When it comes to mobile graphics, ARM wants to cover all the bases.  The Cambridge, England-based chip design company is announcing three new graphics processing unit (GPU) chip designs based on its Mali mobile graphics architecture.

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Half of YouTube's views now come from phones and tablets  —  More people are watching videos on smaller screens  —  Where are people watching videos on YouTube?  A little while ago, the majority were on desktop, but now the company says that half are tuning in from mobile devices like phones and tablets.

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: BigPanda takes in $7M to help IT staff spot problems in the data center  —  By hooking up services like New Relic, Loggly and Puppet to BigPanda's cloud-based system, IT staff will supposedly get a better picture of infrastructure-related problems.  —  IT problem-spotter BigPanda plans …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: T-Mobile's John Legere Talks Apple SIM, iPhone 6 Demand, and Landing the iPhone  —  T-Mobile CEO John Legere today took the stage at Re/code's Code/Mobile event in Half Moon Bay, California, where he spoke on the new Apple SIM, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus, and the importance of selling the iPhone.

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CRN: NetApp Buys Riverbed's SteelStore Storage Line For $80M  —  NetApp is acquiring Riverbed Technology's SteelStore line of cloud storage appliances for $80 million, both companies said Monday.  —  The all-cash deal will help bolster NetApp's own cloud backup and storage offerings with new capabilities …

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Rich McCormick / The Verge: Tim Cook says Apple killed the iPod classic because it couldn't get the parts  —  Apple CEO justifies shelving iconic device at WSJD Live  —  Apple quietly discontinued the iPod classic last month, just short of the iconic MP3 player's 13th birthday.  Tonight, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Taiwan's XYZprinting launches $800 all-in-one 3D printer and scanner  —  XYZprinting announced it has created an all-in-one 3D printer and scanner for sale starting today at $800.  —  The Da Vinci 1.0 all-in-one 3D printer allows just about anyone to create a 3D-printed object …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Jack Ma and Tim Cook to talk this week on potential Alipay, Apple Pay partnership  —  Alibaba's Jack Ma “Very Interested” in Possible Apple Partnership  —  Jack Ma, co-founder and chairman of Alibaba and China's richest man, is interested in partnering Alipay with Apple's new mobile payments system, Apple Pay.

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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge: Tim Cook says Apple Pay activated in excess of 1M cards within first 72 hours  —  Tim Cook says that Apple Pay is already the leader in contactless payments  —  It's only been a week since Apple Pay made its debut, but apparently the launch has been successful thus far.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Facebook for Android and iOS gets new collage layout and lets you reorder photos before uploading  —  Facebook today announced an update to its Android and iOS apps that focuses on photos.  You can download the new version now directly from Google Play and Apple's App Store.

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