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Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY: The Verge accidentally posts 30-second spot it will run during Super Bowl XLIX  —  A False Start for The Verge's Super Bowl Ad  —  For the briefest of moments today, a few lucky folks caught a premature glimpse of something major: The Verge's 30-second Super Bowl XLIX ad.

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David Meyer / Gigaom: Canonical adds Internet of Things support to Ubuntu Core for smart connected devices  —  Robots embrace Ubuntu as it invades the internet of things  —  Erle Robotics' Erle-Copter educational open drone  —  Erle Robotics' Erle-Copter educational open drone

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Bloomberg: Source: Google's investment in SpaceX could be around $1B  —  Google Said to Be Close to Investing $1 Billion in Musk's SpaceX  —  Google Inc. (GOOGL) wants everyone connected to the Internet, and an investment in Elon Musk's SpaceX could help further that cause.

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Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal: Economists question Facebook report claiming global economic impact of over $200B and 4.5M jobs  —  Facebook Touts Its ‘Economic Impact,’ But Economists Question Numbers  —  Facebook has more than a billion users and generated an estimated $12 billion in revenue last year.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: First Windows 10 mobile preview, due in February, key to Microsoft's OneCore vision  —  Summary:Microsoft will show off Windows 10 mobile and touch-first Office for Windows at its January 21 Windows 10 event, but the first mobile preview isn't likely until February.

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Facebook: Facebook to reduce distribution of deliberately false or misleading posts in News Feed, characterized by hoax-busting comments and high removal rate by sharers  —  News Feed FYI: Showing Fewer Hoaxes  —  The goal of News Feed is to catch up with your friends and find the things that matter to you.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Snapchat Revenue Boss Mike Randall Departs After Seven Months  —  Snapchat's revenue boss Mike Randall has left the company, seven months after joining the messaging startup.  —  Randall, who was hired away from Facebook in June 2014, departed last week.  —  “We thank Mike for his many contributions …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: HP announces seven new tablets, including 12.3-inch Pro Slate 12 and 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8 running Android  —  HP unveils a 12-inch Android tablet that looks like a giant HTC One  —  Plus a ton of others running Android and Windows 8  —  HP wants to sell tablets that range from cheap …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Stack Exchange Raises $40M Led By A16Z To Boost Its Programmer Forums  —  On the heels of backing the likes of BuzzFeed and Genius, Andreessen Horowitz is putting more money into digital content, this time with a technical and B2B angle.  The VC is leading a $40 million round of investment in Stack Exchange …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft acquires text analysis startup Equivio, plans to integrate machine learning tech into Office 365  —  Microsoft today announced it has acquired text analysis software startup Equivio, though financial details of the deal were not disclosed.  The company says it plans to integrate …

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Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat: Home improvement planning site Porch.com raises $66M led by Valor Equity Partners  —  Porch.com wants to be your go-to for home improvement planning, grabs $66M  —  Porch.com, the Seattle-based company that helps homeowners plan their home improvement projects, is on a fundraising spree.

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Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica: Doxing victim Zoe Quinn launches online “anti-harassment task force”  —  On Friday, Depression Quest developer and doxing victim Zoe Quinn launched an online “anti-harassment task force” toolset, staffed by volunteers familiar with such attacks, to assist victims of a recent swell of “doxing” and “swatting” attacks.

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Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central: Marriott looking to bring Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora to your hotel room TV  —  Marriott is about to make your hotel stay much more rewarding.  The hotel chain has confirmed to Bloomberg that it is testing a TV service that allows its guests to access streaming content from their own Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora accounts.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Raises $75 Million From DFJ, the NYSE and Two Banks  —  Coinbase, a software company that allows people to buy bitcoin and enables businesses to accept it as payment, has closed a giant $75 million investment.  In real U.S. dollars.  —  The round is by far the biggest investment in a bitcoin company to date.

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed: US federal government struggles to secure 5K+ social media accounts operated by disparate agencies after CENTCOM Twitter hack  —  No One Really Knows How Secure Government Social Media Is  —  There's no centralized way to find out if the proper security measures are being used to protect government accounts.

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Neal Gabler / New York Times: How VR startup Jaunt selected its name with help from a professional namer  —  The Weird Science of Naming New Products  —  The announcement came in November with two names attached: one famous, one not, or at least not yet.  The famous name was Paul McCartney.

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Lizzie Wade / Wired: How small towns in Mexico are building their own cellular networks because commercial providers won't  —  Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own  —  Inside the cloud that is perpetually draped over the small town of San Juan Yaee, Oaxaca, Raúl Hernández …

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Ricardo Bilton / Digiday: Techmeme's Gabe Rivera on tech media: ‘A lot of intellectual dishonesty’  —  Gabe Rivera has a love-hate relationship with the tech media world.  Known both for helming curation site Techmeme and for his often sarcastic Twitter personality, Rivera is knee-deep in the cut-throat Silicon Valley …

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Christian Oestlien / The Twitter Blog: Twitter announces acquisition of Bangalore-based ZipDial, a marketing platform for missed calls  —  Bringing Twitter to more people around the world  —  We're very pleased to announce we've reached an agreement to acquire ZipDial (@zipdial), a product partner based in Bangalore, India …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions  —  Tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Crimea are spilling into the world of tech: developers are reporting that Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Deutsche Telekom CEO says T-Mobile's current approach is unsustainable, still hopes for merger  —  Deutsche Telekom CEO Holds Out Hope for a T-Mobile U.S. Deal (Exclusive)  —  Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges said that for all of T-Mobile's short-term gains in the United States …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Windows 8.1 with Bing is free for OEMs making Intel-based tablets that are 9 inches or smaller, $15 for larger tablets  —  How much does Microsoft make from PC makers with Windows 8.1?  —  Summary:Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 available to its PC partners for anywhere from ‘zero dollars’ to $15 per copy …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: As It Seeks New Regulations In NY, Airbnb Estimates It Would Collect $65 Million In Taxes There  —  Airbnb has been trying to win over regulators and lawmakers in New York by pledging to crack down on illegal hotel operations and collect taxes from rentals that happen on its platform.

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Stuart Dredge / Guardian: Lizard Squad's LizardStresser hacked and customer details made public  —  Researcher says hacker group took $11k worth of bitcoin payments for its DDoS service, but stored usernames and passwords in plain text  —  Hacking group Lizard Squad made a name for itself with high-profile attacks …

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Meituan, China's Leading Group Deals Site, Raises $700M At $7B Valuation  —  Meituan, a group deals site sometimes described as “the Groupon of China,” has raised $700 million at a $7 billion valuation.  The company announced the funding on its Weibo page and during a press conference in Beijing on Sunday …

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