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Chris Welch / The Verge: GoPro CEO says firm will discontinue three of its cameras in April, but Hero 4 Black at $500, Hero 4 Silver at $400, and Hero 4 Session at $200 will remain  —  GoPro will slash camera lineup to just three models in April  —  Coming to terms with a rather miserable financial quarter …

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Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business: Google's search chief Amit Singhal to retire February 26, will be replaced by AI manager John Giannandrea  —  Google Search Chief Singhal to Retire, Replaced by AI Manager  —  Successor John Giannandrea works on machine intelligence  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai has highlighted AI as crucial

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Nicole Lee / Engadget: Square NFC payment reader available in US Apple stores for $49, compatible with chip-enabled cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay  —  Square is selling its NFC payment reader in Apple Stores  —  Last November, Square finally got on with the times and unveiled an NFC-friendly reader …

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Ian King / Bloomberg Business: Sources: Google to commit to purchasing Qualcomm server chips pending benchmarks being met  —  Google Said to Endorse Qualcomm's Fledgling Server-Chip Efforts  —  Companies have cooperated on design work, people familiar say  —  Qualcomm's push could pose threat to Intel's server dominance

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: IBM buys German design agency Ecx.io, its third creative-services acquisition this week  —  IBM Buys Germany's Ecx.io, Its Third Creative Services Acquisition In A Week  —  IBM has made its third acquisition in the space of a week — and its second in Europe — to expand its front-end design …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Apple ordered to pay $625M to VirnetX after court finds FaceTime, VPN, iMessage infringed patents  —  Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent trial  —  A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Struggling GoPro falls short on earnings with quarterly revenue of $437M, down 31% YoY; announces new CFO Brian McGee; stock down 10%+ after hours  —  Struggling GoPro Falls 10% On Earnings Miss; Announces New CFO  —  Sales of action camera maker GoPro fell short of Wall Street expectations on Wednesday …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Sources: Amazon plans more physical stores, including retail stores that aren't bookstores, but has no immediate plans for 300-400 stores  —  Meet the Guy Behind Amazon's Secret Retail Store Plans  —  The man behind the Kindle is leading Amazon's project to create the retail stores of the future.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Cisco says it agrees to pay $1.4B for Jasper, a platform to connect Internet-of-Things devices  —  Cisco To Buy Jasper Technologies For $1.4 Billion  —  Cisco announced today it was buying Jasper Technologies, a company that sells an Internet of Things cloud platform, for $1.4 billion.

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: Blockstream raises $55M Series A to develop interoperable blockchain tech  —  Blockstream Raises $55 Million to Build Out Bitcoin's Blockchain  —  Blockstream has raised $55m in Series A funding to continue its work expanding the bitcoin code base for commercial use.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram extends max video ad length from 30 to 60 seconds to attract TV dollars; max user-posted video length remains at 15 seconds  —  Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars  —  Instagram today announced that it began running its first 60-second video ads, starting with T-Mobile and Warner Brothers.

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Davey Alba / Wired: Intel diversity report shows sluggish progress on minority representation, no gender pay gap, 5.4% increase in women to 24.8% of total workforce  —  Intel Knows It Isn't Where It Wants To Be On Diversity  —  Intel is one of the oldest companies in Silicon Valley.

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David Shepardson / Reuters: Google expands self-driving car testing to Kirkland, Washington, noting different traffic patterns and road conditions  —  Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington State  —  Alphabet Inc said Wednesday its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland …

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Dropbox execs say it has plenty of money in the bank, hired 500 people in 2015, 75 so far in 2016, adds 10M users per month and 25K business users quarterly  —  Dropbox May Not Be LeBron James, but It Is Still in the Game  —  There are no obvious signs of distress at the lavish San Francisco headquarters …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Adblock Fast, a plugin for Samsung's browser, removed from Google Play days after launching because it “interferes” with third-party apps  —  Adblock Fast disappears from Google Play days after launch  —  Over the weekend, Samsung added support for content-blocking plugins …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Google Fiber begins rolling out free internet to select public housing in Kansas City and will expand the initiative to all Fiber cities  —  Google begins rolling out free internet to public housing in Fiber cities  —  After making preliminary moves to do this last year …

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Nicole Lee / Engadget: Pebble adds custom messages, Pebble Health watch face and API, new low power mode, more  —  One of the benefits of owning a Pebble smartwatch is that the company is continually adding new features to the e-ink smartwatch, thus improving it over time.  Today, the company has announced a slew …

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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg Business: Index Ventures raises new $550M fund, amassing up to $1.25B after having spent little of last April's $700M raise, adds Dick Costolo, others as partners  —  Index Ventures Amasses $1.25 Billion to Back Tech Startups  —  The Skype and Dropbox backer will rev up investment in 2016

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Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider: Google's search chief Amit Singhal retires, to be replaced by AI manager John Giannandrea  —  Google's search chief is retiring  —  Google's search chief Amit Singhal is retiring, the company announced this morning.  —  He'll be replaced by current AI manager John Giannandrea.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: eBay tells security firm it has no plans to fix bug that lets attackers bypass restrictions on auction pages and run custom JavaScript  —  eBay has no plans to fix “severe” bug that allows malware distribution  —  Clever “JSF**K” technique allows hackers to bypass eBay block of JavaScript.

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Liam Tung / ZDNet: Google's Project Zero details security flaws in Malwarebytes software 90 days after privately disclosing; fix could take three weeks  —  Google lays bare security flaws in anti-malware product with 250 million users  —  Malwarebytes says it will take about a month to deploy a patch …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Amazon is adding Alexa to the original Fire TV and Fire TV Stick  —  Amazon brought Alexa to the TV with its second-generation Fire TV set-top box, and now, a few months later, the company is also doing the same for owners of its original box.  Starting today and continuing “over the next few weeks …

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Yimou Lee / Reuters: Lenovo Q3: revenue falls 8% to $12.9B, net profits rise to $300M, beating estimates  —  Lenovo's disappointing quarterly revenue knocks shares down 11 percent  —  China's Lenovo Group Ltd (0992.HK) reported a forecast-beating third-quarter net profit on Wednesday, but a disappointing drop …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: HTC Cards $101M Loss In Q4 2015, Its Third Successive Quarter In The Red  —  HTC's (financial) struggle is real.  The Taiwanese tech firm endured another rough quarter of business after it posted a NT$3.4 billion ($101 million) net loss for Q4 2015.  Total revenue came in at NT$25.7 billion …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Torrents Time lets anyone launch their own web version of Popcorn Time  —  Popcorn Time, an app for streaming video torrents, just got a new web version: Popcorn Time Online.  Unlike other attempts to bring Popcorn Time into the browser, this one is powered by a tool called Torrents Time …

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