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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Amazon launches Kindle Textbook Creator to help schools turn PDFs into digital books  —  Amazon has unveiled a new program designed to help educational establishments and authors produce ebooks for students.  —  With KDP EDU and the Kindle Textbook Creator, Amazon is expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Button Raises $12 Million to Make the App World as Interconnected as the Web  —  Could 2015 be the year of “deep linking?”  —  One startup trying to ride that wave is Button, a New York City-based company which is today announcing a $12 million Series A investment less than a year after its launch.

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat  —  Kim Dotcom, the infamous entrepreneur behind Megaupload, has released his latest product.  Currently in beta, MegaChat is a browser-based encrypted video calling and file-sharing platform that is being positioned as a Skype competitor.

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Mike Snider / USA Today: Verizon earnings meet estimates despite 4Q net loss  —  Verizon shares dropped slightly after the company reported a net loss in its fourth-quarter earnings, attributed to employee pensions and benefit costs.  However, revenues met expectations thanks to increased wireless and broadband connections.

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Nick Bilton / New York Times: In-flight Wi-Fi is getting slower, less reliable, and more expensive as demand increases  —  The Sorry State of In-Flight Wi-Fi  —  35,000 FEET, SOMEWHERE OVER THE MIDWEST — I've finally found something on commercial flights that's worse than airplane food: the Wi-Fi.

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Derrick Harris / Gigaom: Ex-Facebookers at Interana raise $20M for mass-scale event data  —  Interana, a Menlo Park, California, analytics startup that officially launched in October has closed a $20 million Series B round.  Index Ventures led the round, which also included new investors AME Cloud Ventures, Harris Barton and Cloudera's Mike Olson.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others  —  A company offering a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell their unused gift cards, Raise.com, announced this morning it has taken in a sizable $56 million round of Series B funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).

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David Shamah / ZDNet: Amazon looking to buy datacenter tech startup Annapurna Labs for $350m  —  Summary:Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy a stealth-mode Israeli startup that could give its datacenters a boost.  —  After almost a year of searching, Amazon has found its Israel ‘soulmate,’ which is developing …

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Brian Beach / Backblaze Blog: Backblaze: 4 TB HGST and Seagate hard drives are most reliable, 3 TB Seagate and WD drives fail often  —  What is the Best Hard Drive?  —  It was one year ago that I first blogged about the failure rates of specific models of hard drives, so now is a good time for an update.

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: The case for Marissa Mayer, as key metrics suggest the turnaround at Yahoo is on track  —  Marissa Mayer's Plan for Yahoo Takes Hold.  The Question Now Is Time.  —  When Marissa Mayer was offered the chief executive job at Yahoo in the summer of 2012, she had a script for returning …

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory  —  At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones.  After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone …

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Jessi Hempel / Wired: Inside Nadella's plan to reinvent Microsoft, starting with HoloLens, a flatter org chart, and a willingness to forge new partnerships  —  Satya Nadella's Got a Plan to Make You Care About Microsoft.  The First Step?  Holograms … REDMOND MISSED MOBILE  —  The old Microsoft never gained turf in smartphone operating systems.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Dropbox releases official Windows Phone app, features ability to pin folders to Start screen  —  Dropbox for Windows Phone has arrived  —  Not only has the long-awaited WhatsApp Web app launched, but today also brings the introduction of the much-anticipated Dropbox for Windows Phones and tablets.

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Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat: Netflix says piracy is still a major competitor, cites Popcorn Time's rise in the Netherlands  —  Netflix CEO shows why piracy is a major threat again (in 3 charts)  —  Netflix had thought it beat back the threat of piracy.  Back in 2011, when it popularized movie streaming …

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Eric Pfanner / Wall Street Journal: iPhone market share soars in South Asia, rises to 33% in South Korea, Samsung drops to 46% in its domestic market  —  Apple's Smartphone Sales in Asian Markets Soar - Counterpoint  —  Apple's share of smartphone sales in critical Asian markets has soared since the company introduced …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Ringly Raises $5.1 Million Led By Andreessen Horowitz To Expand Its Smart Jewelry Collection Beyond Rings  —  Ringly, the maker of a line of smart jewelry for women including a high-tech ring that buzzes and lights up when you receive a phone call or text, has raised $5.1 million in Series …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Court document for Silk Road 2 trial suggests investigators may have spent six months last year exploiting Tor anonymity bug  —  Did feds mount a sustained attack on Tor to decloak crime suspects?  —  Last week's arrest of a man alleged to help run the Silk Road 2. online drug bazaar …

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Sean O'Kane / The Verge: Windows Holographic will let NASA explore what Curiosity sees on Mars  —  Microsoft announced the futuristic at-home augmented reality project Windows Holographic today, and one of the many different uses the company teased was a collaboration with NASA and the Curiosity rover team.

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Google stops selling the last Google Play Edition device, the HTC One M8  —  The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition Is No Longer Available In The Play Store, Leaving No GPE Devices For Sale  —  Google Play Edition phones and tablets started dropping like flies last year, and now we've reached the eventual conclusion.

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Dennis Fisher / Threatpost: Adobe investigating reported Flash zero-day vulnerability used by Angler exploit kit  —  Exploit for Flash Zero Day Appears in Angler Exploit Kit  —  The dangerous Angler exploit kit has a new piece of ammunition to use in its attacks: a fresh Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability.

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Rachel King / ZDNet: Oracle unveils X5 Engineered Systems with new datacenter strategy  —  Summary:Larry Ellison unveils the next generation of Oracle's engineered systems, already lined up to compete against offerings from Cisco, Red Hat, Microsoft, and others.  —  REDWOOD SHORES, CALIF.—

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Jason Koebler / Motherboard: Illinois law says schools can ask for students' Facebook passwords if they violate policy  —  Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords  —  School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand …

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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom: Pluribus Networks gets $50M to route traffic in the data center  —  Pluribus Networks, a software-defined networking (SDN) startup, wants to make a case for virtualizing the functions of the switch, and it landed a $50 million series D investment round to help do so, the company said Wednesday.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Hands-on with Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3  —  Windows 10 finally unites tablets and laptops  —  We've just spent a few minutes with a build of Windows 10 on a few different computers, including a Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  It's snappy and fast in a way that some doubters don't believe Windows can be …

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Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog: Twitter rolls out “While you were away” feature to iOS users, coming soon to Android and web  —  While you were away...  Today we're introducing something new to your home timeline: a recap of some of the top Tweets you might have missed from accounts you follow.

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