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Christine Hall / FOSS Force: SourceForge Media acquires Slashdot Media, sources say longtime Slashdot employees are being replaced by inexperienced, less costly staff  —  SourceForge and Slashdot Have Been Sold  —  Breaking News  —  Editor's note: This breaking news story was updated on Thursday, January 28 …

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com: Microsoft updates firmware for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, but power, display, and boot issues appear unresolved  —  Microsoft Issues Long-Overdue Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 Firmware Updates  —  It doesn't appear to be the all-encompassing update that will fix all Surface Book …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Watchup launches Apple TV news app for personalized, on-demand TV newscasts from 160 sources including CNN, Fox News, CBS, and Tribune Media  —  Apple TV Launches Watchup Video-News App (Exclusive)  —  Startup delivers personalized, on-demand TV newscasts from 160 sources including CNN, Fox News and CBS News

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft announces only 4.5M Lumia devices sold in last quarter, a 57% drop year-over-year  —  Windows Phone is dead  —  Windows Phone started off life as a promising alternative to Android and iOS five years ago.  Microsoft positioned its range of Windows Phone 7 handsets …

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business: Profile of Giphy, a GIF search engine that quadrupled unique visitors to 95M/month in 2015 and is working with advertisers, movie studios, political candidates  —  How Two Guys Built the Ultimate GIF Search Engine  —  Deal with it.  —  One afternoon in December, Giphy's …

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Deon Roberts / The Charlotte Observer: Cardless ATMs coming to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase this year, enabling customers to perform transactions with their smartphones  —  Bank of America will allow ATM transactions using smartphones this year  —  The Charlotte-based bank joins rivals who are also planning to roll out similar technology

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Amazon Prime memberships grew 51% worldwide in 2015; 47% in U.S. … Amazon is growing its Prime membership program faster than analysts expected.  —  In its quarterly earnings report posted today, the Seattle tech giant noted that paid Prime memberships around the world increased by 51 percent in 2015 …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Yahoo Downsizes In Latin America, Closes Mexico And Argentina Operations  —  Ahead of its Q4 earnings and a bigger restructuring on the cards, Yahoo is downsizing in its regional operations, specifically in Latin America.  TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Yahoo has closed its offices in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft Q2: Surface revenue up 29% YoY to $1.35B; Windows Phone revenue down 49% YoY  —  Microsoft's Q2 2016: Surface strong and Lumia phones weak  —  Microsoft has published its Q2 fiscal 2016 earnings report, and the company has made $6.3 billion in net income on $25.7 billion in revenue.

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New York Times: Facebook to shut down Parse, the toolkit for mobile developers it acquired in 2013; developers will have year-long window to migrate their data  —  Facebook to Shut Down Parse, Its Platform for Mobile Developers  —  Facebook acquired Parse, a toolkit and support system for mobile developers, in 2013.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Microsoft beats expectations with $25.7B in revenue, $6.3B in net income; stock up more than 3% on strong cloud revenue  —  Microsoft Beats On Strong Cloud Revenue With $25.7B Revenue, $0.78 EPS  —  Microsoft today reported earnings for its second financial quarter of 2016 (I know …

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Amazon misses Q4 expectations with $35.75B in revenue, net income of $482M; stock down 13%+  —  Amazon Reports Best Quarterly Profit Ever  —  Shares, though, tumble as results fall below analyst expectations  —  Amazon.com Inc. reported the largest quarterly profit in its 19-year history …

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Microsoft: Earnings Release FY16 Q2: Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Second Quarter Results  —  IMPORTANT NOTICE TO USERS (summary only, click here for full text of notice); All information is unaudited unless otherwise noted or accompanied by an audit opinion and is subject to the more comprehensive …

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Amazon.com: Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 22% to $35.7 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015.  —  Operating cash flow increased 74% to $11.9 billion for the trailing twelve months …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Fraud Prevention Service Pindrop Raises $75M Series C Round Led By Google Capital  —  Pindrop helps businesses avoid getting scammed on the phone by analyzing both the audio of a call and the metadata it has about a caller.  After raising a total of $47 million since its launch in 2012 …

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Owen Williams / The Next Web: You can now add friends with a personalized Snapchat URL  —  A new feature was snuck into the latest Snapchat update: now you can create a special link that can be shared with friends online, so they can add you directly.  —  To get your unique URL, open Snapchat, drag down on the camera view …

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business: Apple says it has acquired LearnSprout, a startup that creates software for schools and teachers to track students' performance  —  Apple Acquires Education-Tech Startup LearnSprout  —  The iPhone maker bought startup to develop education software  —  LearnSprout competes with Sequoia-backed startup Clever

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Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot: There is no evidence that ISIS has an encrypted messaging app, despite claims from hacking collective Ghost Security Group  —  The myth of the ISIS encrypted messaging app  —  Despite widespread media reports to the contrary, an app created for Islamic State militants to send private encrypted messages does …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: T-Mobile adds Amazon Video, Fox News, others to Binge On, makes it easier to disable throttling, says users streaming twice as much video than before service  —  T-Mobile adds Amazon Video to Binge On, makes it easier to turn off throttling  —  T-Mobile's doing two things with its Binge On program today …

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Simon Mundy / Financial Times: Samsung says its profits are likely to fall this year, as its components business faces waning demand  —  Samsung warns on profits as components unit faces waning demand  —  Samsung Electronics has warned that profits are likely to fall this year, as its components business faces waning demand from global manufacturers.

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Vadim Lavrusik / Facebook: Facebook extends ability to share live video to all iPhone users in the US, rest of the world over coming weeks, Android users soon  —  Expanding Live Video to More People  —  In December, we started testing the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, and it has been inspiring …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Tinder Makes Messaging More Fun With GIFs & Bigger Emoji, Finally Lets You Upload Photos Directly  —  Tinder users will now have better chatting tools, thanks to an upgraded messaging experience in the mobile dating app.  Amid a flurry of changes that began rolling out last night to the iOS application …

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Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge: Uber introduces UberRUSH private API to let businesses like Nordstrom and 1800flowers offer one-hour delivery  —  Uber wants to be your express delivery service for everything  —  Uber announced today its plans to expand its application program interface, or API, project to its nascent delivery service, UberRUSH.

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Cade Metz / Wired: Google's AlphaGo becomes the first AI to beat a professional player in the board game Go, uses both deep neural networks and tree search algorithms  —  In a Huge Breakthrough, Google's AI Beats a Top Player at the Game of Go  —  In a major breakthrough for artificial intelligence …

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Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg Business: Alibaba beats estimates for December quarter, revenue up 32% to $5.2B, profit of $1.92B  —  Alibaba Beats Profit, Sales Estimates on Rural China Push  —  Gross merchandise value surges 23% driven by mobile spending  —  Mobile monetization rates increased to 2.88% in quarter

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