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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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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Google signs deal with NFL to show highlight clips in YouTube, Search, will share ad revenues  —  NFL Video Highlights — And More — Come to YouTube and Google  —  It took a long time but it's finally done, just in time for the Super Bowl: Pro football finally has a deal with Google to distribute some of its video.

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Gulsen Solaker / Reuters: Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages insulting Mohammad: media  —  (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop access to the whole social networking site if it does not comply, local media reported.

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Malaysia Airlines Site Hacked By Lizard Squad  —  Hacker group Lizard Squad, which took down Xbox Live and the Sony PlayStation Network last month, have claimed credit for an attack on Malaysia Airlines' website.  The site currently displays a picture of a lizard in a top hat and monocle …

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Signs of progress: One month with Android Wear 5.0  —  Android Wear 5.0 came out last month—it was the third noteworthy update to the wearable OS, following versions 4.4W.1 and 4.4W.2.  It's not a significant enough update to merit its own standalone review, but it's been a while since our last check-in with the platform.

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: A Rare Glimpse Inside The Life And Mind Of Oracle CEO Mark Hurd  —  “My day starts at 4:30 a.m. and I sort of have two speeds, fast and stop,” Mark Hurd quipped cheerfully when we asked about his day.  —  We were meeting at Oracle's upscale executive offices on the top floor of the main building …

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New York Times: Verizon's Mobile ‘Supercookies’ Seen as Threat to Privacy  —  For the last several months, cybersecurity experts have been warning Verizon Wireless that it was putting the privacy of its customers at risk.  The computer codes the company uses to tag and follow its mobile subscribers around the web …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Harman Buys Symphony Teleca For At Least $780M And Red Bend For $170M  —  Harman, one of the world's largest audio companies with brands like JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity and many others under its wing, is now investing big in the technology and networking that goes into delivering data wirelessly.

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Kenneth Wong / Bloomberg: AT&T Agrees to Buy Nextel Mexico for $1.875 Billion Minus Debt  —  AT&T Inc. (T), the second-largest U.S. mobile-phone carrier, agreed to buy NII Holdings Inc. (NIHDQ)'s Mexican business for $1.875 billion minus debt.  —  The deal includes companies that operate under the name Nextel Mexico …

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