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Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal: Digital-Payments Company Ripple Labs Is Finalizing a $30 Million Funding Round  —  Ripple Labs, the developer of a bitcoin-like technology that enables institutions to transfer money internationally, is closing in on a $30 million funding round, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: OS X 10.10.2 Includes Fix for ‘Thunderstrike’ Hardware Exploit Affecting Macs  —  Apple is readying a fix in OS X 10.10.2 for the so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit targeting Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, iMore has learned.  According to the report, Apple patched the vulnerability …

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: Coinbase's US Bitcoin Exchange Opens Doors to Traders  —  Bitcoin services provider Coinbase officially launched its exchange product today to consumers in 24 states.  —  The news follows what proved a dramatic runup to the launch, one sparked by a single teaser tweet that caused speculation to run rampant Sunday.

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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless: Google's new wireless service can switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Wi-Fi hotspots to find best signal, could be available nationwide first half 2015  —  Google's MVNO would reportedly look for best Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi signal  —  Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) rumored MVNO service with Sprint …

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Dropbox acquires design-minded collaboration software startup Pixelapse  —  Summary:Pixelapse will remain a standalone product as a migration plan to the core Dropbox platform is hatched out.  —  Dropbox has added another collaboration startup to the portfolio with the acquisition of Pixelapse.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Meg Whitman will lead HP Enterprise, Dion Weisler to head HP's PC and printer unit after split  —  HP Names Executive Teams for After the Big Breakup  —  After Hewlett-Packard splits in two later this year, Meg Whitman will be CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, the forthcoming corporate computing …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Microsoft sold 6.6M Xbox consoles during the holiday quarter, down 12% from a year ago … In its quarterly earnings report today, Microsoft said it sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles — both Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined — from October to December, which was down from the 7.4 million units sold during the year-ago quarter.

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Microsoft Slips 2% After Reporting $26.5B In FQ2 Revenue, $1.1B In Surface Revenue  —  Today after the bell, Microsoft reported the financial performance of the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, including revenue of $26.47 billion and earnings per share of $0.71.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft sees Surface revenue jump to $1.1B in Q2 2015, sells record 10.5M Lumia smartphones  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement, Microsoft today revealed Surface revenue increased to $1.1 billion in Q2 2015, driven mainly by Surface Pro 3 and its accessories.

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Microsoft: Microsoft Cloud and Devices Momentum Highlights Second Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud revenue grows triple-digits for the sixth consecutive quarter, reaching an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: As Google Looks To Expand Wallet Use, WePay Integrates Instant Buy API  —  Google is reportedly eyeing up an acquisition of Softcard to expand Google Wallet services to more points of sale with retailers, but it also wants to grow its position in the wider world of mobile-based transactions …

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Kif Leswing / Gigaom: Nest to replace old Dropcams for free before they go dark April 15  —  One downside of having products that require cloud services in order to work is that the physical objects can suddenly become obsolete.  —  Over the weekend, Dropcam announced a “legacy camera replacement program,” …

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins tried to ‘acquire’ Social+Capital Partnership  —  Venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recently tried to “acquire” Social+Capital Partnership, a Palo Alto-based VC firm formed in 2011 by former Facebook FB executive Chamath Palihapitiya, Fortune has learned.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million  —  Online technology training service Pluralsight has acquired the Orlando, Fla.-based Code School, which offers dozens of instructional courses and videos for developers both online and via mobile apps.

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Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press: Sheriffs pressure Google to disable Waze feature that warns when police are near, saying it endangers officers  —  Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby.

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New York Times: Facebook Said to Block Pages on Muhammad to Avoid Ban in Turkey  —  ISTANBUL — To avoid being banned throughout Turkey, Facebook has blocked a number of pages containing content that the Turkish authorities had deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad, according to a company employee with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Matt Warman / Telegraph: Former Motorola CEO: Nexus 6 doesn't have fingerprint reader because Apple bought the best supplier AuthenTec  —  Dennis Woodside on Motorola, Google and the future of Dropbox  —  Silicon Valley veteran Dennis Woodside reveals a Motorola Nexus 6 secret, and tells Matt Warman …

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Spencer Woodman / The Verge: Exclusive: politicians are supporting Comcast's TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast  —  On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast's controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Stripe Partners With Intuit To Help On-Demand Workers Keep Track Of Their Finances  —  Startup Stripe helps to power payments for a large number of new services offering up ways to make cash as part of the growing “on-demand economy.”  Meanwhile Intuit, which makes accounting and tax software …

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple shutting down legacy TestFlight next month following iTunes Connect integration  —  Apple today began informing legacy TestFlight users that the services on TestFlightApp.com will no longer be available after February 26th, 2015.  Apple bought the popular software testing distribution service through …

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Bloomberg: Uber to Cap Car-Service Price Surges During East Coast Snowstorm  —  A “life-threatening” storm that is forecast to dump as much as two feet of snow from New York to Boston is a great chance for Uber Technologies Inc. to show it has learned from past mistakes.

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Bloomberg: Uber to Cap Service Price Surges During East Coast Snowstorm  —  A “life-threatening” storm that is forecast to dump as much as two feet of snow from New York to Boston is a chance for Uber Technologies Inc. to show it has learned from past mistakes.  —  Uber, a mobile application …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones  —  Not content with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Facebook has launched another standalone app.  Facebook Lite, which some may recall as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010 …

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Bryan Bishop / The Verge: Oculus announces Story Studio to make its own VR movies, first film “Lost” debuts this week  —  Oculus is now making its own virtual reality movies  —  Story Studio is the company's internal team exploring what it calls ‘VR cinema’  —  The prominence of virtual reality …

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone: South Korea paper  —  (Reuters) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.

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