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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Apple sells a record 74.5M iPhones in Q1, a 46% YoY increase, 21.4M iPads, a 21% decrease  —  Apple breaks its sales records with 74.5M iPhones in Q1 2015, but iPad sales decline 21% to 21.4M  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement, Apple today revealed …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Apple Beats In Q1 2015 With $74.6B Revenue, $18B Profit And $3.06 EPS  —  Apple has just released its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings, reporting $74.6 billion in revenue, $18 billion in net profit representing $3.06 per share.  Compared to the year-ago quarter, it corresponds to a growth of 29.5 percent in revenue …

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Apple: Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results  —  Highest-ever revenue & earnings drive 48% increase in EPS  —  Growth led by record revenue from iPhone, Mac & App Store  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014.

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Yahoo Reports Mixed Q4 With Mobile Revenue Of $254M, Total Top Line Of $1.18B  —  Today Yahoo reported its fourth-quarter financial performance, including revenue excluding the cost of acquiring traffic of $1.179 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.30.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Wall Street Gets What It Wanted From Marissa Mayer: Here's the Yahoo Plan to Spin Off Rest of Alibaba Stake  —  Yahoo said it would spin off the rest of its stake in China's Alibaba Group today, in order to create a tax-free distribution to its investors.  It said the transaction will result …

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Richard Leider / YouTube Engineering and Developers Blog: YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video instead of Flash  —  YouTube now defaults to HTML5  —  Four years ago, we wrote about YouTube's early support for the HTML5 tag and how it performed compared to Flash.  At the time, there were limitations that held it back from becoming our preferred platform for video delivery.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Pinterest Brings Ads To Users' Home Feeds  —  More users will be seeing ads on Pinterest, the company announced on Tuesday, detailing an expanded test of its advertising product which will now place ads in the form of “Promoted Pins” directly in users' home feeds.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Highly critical “Ghost” allowing code execution affects most Linux systems  —  New bug haunting Linux could spark “a lot of collateral damage on the Internet.”  —  An extremely critical vulnerability affecting most Linux distributions gives attackers the ability to execute malicious code …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft readies new free version of its Power BI business intelligence service  —  Summary:Microsoft is planning to introduce a free version of its Power BI business-intelligence tools/service, and will cut prices on its new, fully featured Pro version.  —  Microsoft is teeing …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Canalys: Apple shipped the most smartphones in China during Q4 2014  —  For the first time, Apple has beaten local smartphones vendors in China.  During Q4 2014, the company's iPhone line nabbed first place by units shipped in the Chinese smartphone market.

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Lending startup Earnest raises $17M Series A led by Maveron and launches student loan refinancing tool  —  New Loan Refinancing Tool And $17M Round Shows The Importance Of Earnest  —  Louis Beryl, the founder of the personal lending (and now student loan refinancing) business Earnest, knows a thing or three about student debt.

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Dennis Kish / Google Fiber Blog: Google confirms Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham  —  Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham  —  It's been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple Pay coming to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, paid parking & other self-serve locations  —  While individual retailers have been announcing support for Apple Pay as more NFC terminals enable the service, it's still hit and miss on vending machines and other self-serve, unattended hardware.

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Costin Raiu / Securelist: Researchers say Qwerty keylogger used by Five Eyes governments and Regin malware are developed by the same entity, or by entities working closely together  —  Comparing the Regin module 50251 and the “Qwerty” keylogger  —  On January 17 2015, Spiegel.de published an extensive article based on documents obtained from Edward Snowden.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 software update w/ stability improvements, reduces space required to update  —  Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today.  The update is available over-the-air through the Software Update section of the Settings app.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with fixes for security and WiFi issues, adds support for iCloud Drive in Time Machine  —  Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 With Security Fixes, iCloud Drive Browsing Options in Time Machine  —  Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 …

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Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web: Secret messaging app, Wickr launches secure photo sharing that works with Facebook  —  It's fun to share secret photos with friends.  It's funner to do it in plain sight.  —  Super-secret messaging service Wickr just launched a new way to share secure photos within its app and with friends via Facebook right in your timeline.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: CloudBees Raises $23.5M Funding Round Led By Lightspeed Venture Partners  —  CloudBees, a service that focuses on providing enterprise solutions around the open-source Jenkins continuous integration engine, today announced that it has raised a $23.5 million Series D funding round led by previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners.

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Alex Knapp / Forbes: Ride Share Delivery Service Roadie Launches With $10 Million In Funding  —  Ride sharing delivery startup Roadie has launched itself with a series A funding round totaling $10 million.  The investors in the round include UPS, Warren Stephens of Stephens Inc., TomorrowVentures and others.

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Natasha Singer / New York Times: F.T.C. Calls for Strong Data and Privacy Protection With Connected Devices  —  As consumers increasingly adopt devices that can collect information and transmit it to the Internet, the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday called on technology companies that sell those products …

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Bloomberg: France seeks to sanction web companies as hate-speech accomplices if they host extremist messages  —  France Seeks to Sanction Web Companies for Posts Pushing Terror  —  The French government is stepping up the pressure on Google Inc. (GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) to help in the struggle against terrorist groups.

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Rainey Reitman / Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF's Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance  —  We have a problem when it comes to stopping mass surveillance.  —  The entity that's conducting the most extreme and far-reaching surveillance against most of the world's communications—the National Security Agency—is bound by United States law.

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Rich McCormick / The Verge: Snapchat launches ad-supported Discover feature to show off videos and stories  —  Snapchat has launched “Discover,” a new feature that highlights stories and videos provided both by outside publishers, and by Snapchat's in-house team of journalists and videographers.

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Michael Weissenstein / Associated Press: Cut off from Internet, Cuban youth link more than 9K computers to create private network  —  CUBAN YOUTH BUILD SECRET COMPUTER NETWORK DESPITE WI-FI BAN  —  HAVANA (AP) — Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network …

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Perceptions aside, Groupon, with a market cap of $4.9B, has seen revenue and EBITDA consistently climb since going public  —  Let's stop laughing at Groupon  —  When we began work on our Age of Unicorns cover for Fortune, one internal conversation was about cautionary tales.  Fab?  Sure.  Box?

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