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John Cook / GeekWire: Former Microsoft exec Bob Muglia raises $26M for Snowflake, a data warehousing startup  —  Bob Muglia is floating in the clouds, or should we say on some snowflakes.  The longtime Microsoft veteran — who left the company in 2011 after 23 years, including a stint as the president …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, starting in France, global rollout in the coming weeks  —  Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand  —  Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google beefs up 2-step verification with physical USB Security Key option in Chrome  —  Google today announced it is beefing up its two-step verification feature with Security Key, a physical USB second factor that only works after verifying the login site is truly a Google website.

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John Ribeiro / PC World: NSA approves Samsung Knox devices for government use  —  Samsung Electronics' Galaxy devices have been approved by the U.S. National Security Agency under a program of the agency to quickly deploy commercially available technologies.  —  The Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) …

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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal: Microsoft Values CEO Satya Nadella's Pay at $84 Million  —  Call Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella the $84 million man.  —  Microsoft said it awarded the new CEO compensation valued at more than $84 million for the fiscal year ended June 30.  —  The majority of the money, $59.2 million …

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Staples investigating credit card breach at its retail stores after multiple banks report fraud  —  Banks: Credit Card Breach at Staples Stores  —  Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations …

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Verizon misses Q3 profit expectations, posts higher revenue, adds 1.5M retail customers  —  Verizon misses Q3 expectations as it shirks off rival promotional offers  —  The company did post strong customer growth, driven largely by increased tablet sales.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Banks racing to become your first card in Apple Pay as most users will use the default card  —  New Gold Rush: why banks are racing to be the first card in your Apple Pay  —  Beyond the home screen, beyond the lock screen, the battle for the pre-screen  —  Over the weekend I was hit …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Magic Leap Secures $542M Led By Google For “Lightweight Wearable” Tech That Merges Physical And Digital Worlds  —  It's rare that a company can stay relatively secretive while raising a huge amount of funding, but Florida's Magic Leap has managed that.  The startup, led by CEO Rony Abovitz …

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times: Scammers hack business phone networks to rack up billions in fraudulent charges, vexing carriers and lawmakers  —  Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Bob Foreman's architecture firm ran up a $166,000 phone bill in a single weekend last March.

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Julia Powles / Guardian: UK High Court determines ISPs must block sites selling counterfeit goods  —  Internet service providers must help crack down on fake goods, high court rules  —  In what is thought to be the first ruling of its kind, the High Court in the UK has determined that ISPs must try to block sites selling counterfeit goods

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Kelly Liyakasa / AdExchanger: Ooyala, recently acquired by Telstra, buys UK based video ad tech company Videoplaza  —  Telstra Subsidiary Ooyala Agrees To Acquire Video SSP Videoplaza  —  The turf war for programmatic video technologies wages on.  —  Video distribution and analytics platform Ooyala …

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: AlphaPoint Raises $1.35 Million to Build Intel for Bitcoin  —  AlphaPoint has raised $1.35m in new funding to expand its line of digital currency exchange solutions while bringing its products to new international markets.  —  The funding round included VC firms Ben Franklin Technology Partners …

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Dan Frommer / Quartz: Tim Cook, in his own words, on why the iPad has a bright future  —  Apple's iPad business was the lone drag in its otherwise strong earnings report today. iPad sales last quarter dropped 13% from the previous year, to 12.3 million, their third straight quarter of decline.

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Rene Ritchie / iMore: Apple clarifies Spotlight Search data and location sharing, says information shared is minimal  —  Yosemite, iOS 8, Spotlight, and Privacy: What you need to know  —  A story made the rounds earlier today calling into question the new Spotlight Suggestions feature in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.

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Barb Darrow / Gigaom: OpenStack vendor Mirantis raises $100M in series B, aims for 2016 IPO  —  Mirantis hopes massive $100M round will pave the road to IPO-ville  —  Mirantis' goal: Keep building its OpenStack customer base and boost consistency to prep for an IPO as early as 2016.

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Bryan Johnson / Medium: Braintree founder Bryan Johnson announces $100M OS Fund to spur founders with audacious ideas  —  Change the World  —  A challenge worthy of the greatest hearts and minds of our generation  —  Today I am announcing the OS Fund—$100 million of my personal capital dedicated to investing …

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iFixit: Mac Mini 2014 teardown: CPU and RAM soldered to logic board, impeding user repairs or upgrades  —  Mac Mini Late 2014 Teardown  —  This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.  —  It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table …

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Sharon Profis / CNET: Apple Pay's speed, security, and timing will help push mobile payments into the mainstream  —  Can a phone replace your wallet?  I went shopping to find out.  —  CNET editor Sharon Profis takes Apple Pay, Google Wallet and PayPal for a test drive and compares the options.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Obama signs “BuySecure” initiative to speed EMV adoption in the US  —  A chip card and the inside of a card's chip.  —  Explain That Stuff  —  On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to speed the adoption of EMV-standard cards in the US.  The transition to EMV …

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TechCrunch: Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M  —  Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game.  The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: uberX, Lyft approved to pick up and drop off passengers at SFO  —  San Francisco International Airport is now allowing the three major on-demand transportation startups to pick up and drop off passengers on its property.  Less than a week after Sidecar gained approval from SFO officials …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft launches Azure cloud in a box  —  Summary: In partnership with Dell, Microsoft is launching its Azure cloud in a box offering, codenamed ‘San Diego.’  —  Microsoft is teaming with Dell to create an Azure cloud in a box offering for customers who want to run their own, on-premises datacenters.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion, Revenue Up 36 Percent Year-Over-Year  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company's FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple's cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Square Testing New Payroll Product as Ambition Grows  —  Square is running a pilot test for a new payroll product as the company continues to expand its offerings to complement its main payments business.  —  The new payroll product, spotted by a tipster, is designed to handle employee payments …

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