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January 30, 2015, 1:25 AM

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Google:
Google Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.  —  “Google's full year revenue for 2014 was $66 billion, up 19% year on year,” said Patrick Pichette …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Google misses in Q4 2014 with $14.48B revenue, $6.88 EPS on slowing ad revenue growth  —  Updated 1:45 p.m. Pacific with new details from Google's earnings call.  —  Google reported its fourth-quarter earnings today, with GAAP EPS of $6.88 on revenue of $14.48 billion (minus traffic acquisition costs).
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Cyanogen's $70M+ round to include Microsoft as a minority investor  —  Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen  —  Microsoft is investing in a hot startup that's trying to weaken Google 's hold over Android.  —  People familiar with the matter say Microsoft is putting money into Cyanogen …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
OnePlus Will Launch Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12  —  OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed that it will unveil its own ROM which can be installed on third-party Android devices on February 12.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft  —  Outlook.  Yes, Outlook.  —  Gmail is the world's most popular email service, and the iPhone, as if this week didn't make it abundantly clear, is the world's most popular smartphone.  The two have been around for years and years …
More: AppleInsider and TUAWTweets: @fmanjoo and @ngkabra
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China acknowledges targeting VPN services to foster the “healthy development” of the nation's internet, says VPNs are illegal  —  China Clamps Down Still Harder on Internet Access  —  BEIJING — Jing Yuechen, the founder of an Internet start-up here in the Chinese capital …
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
FCC redefines broadband: minimum download speed raised from 4 to 25 Mbps, minimum upload from 1 to 3 Mbps  —  The FCC has changed the definition of broadband  —  The Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht's Laptop  —  If anyone still believes that bitcoin is magically anonymous internet money, the US government just offered what may be the clearest demonstration yet that it's not.  A courtroom PowerPoint presentation traced hundreds …
Tweets: @a_greenberg
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon posts $214M profit, $0.45 EPS in Q4 2014 on $29.33B revenue; Prime membership grows 53% year over year  —  Amazon Prime memberships grow 53% in 2014, despite $20 price hike … Amazon's decision to increase the price of its Prime membership doesn't seem to be hurting the company.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
FTC shuts down “revenge porn” operation, but imposes no fine  —  In one of the most despicable scams on the internet, Colorado resident Craig Brittain ran a website that posted nude photographs of hundreds of women alongside their Facebook profiles and other personal information …
David Byttow / Medium:
Secret co-founder Chrys Bader steps down  —  New beginnings  —  Chrys Bader and I launched Secret exactly one year ago tomorrow.  In that short time, we've grown our team to 25 incredible people and signed up over 15 million people around the world.  —  It's been an amazing journey.
More: Re/code and TechCrunchTweets: @davidbyttow
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The App Install Ad Boom Helps Tune Raise $27 Million  —  A few years ago, the app install ad business — fueled by developers who want to distribute their stuff across a universe of smartphones — didn't really exist.  —  Now it's one of the big reasons Facebook has a giant mobile ad business.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S  —  (Reuters) - A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Twitch hit 100M unique viewers in December 2014, more than double the 45M from a year ago  —  Twitch's Monthly Viewers More Than Doubled (Again) in 2014  —  Video game streaming site Twitch, now owned by Amazon, said today that it has crossed 100 million monthly unique viewers …
Zoho:
Introducing the new multilingual Zoho Campaigns  —  No matter where you live in the world, or what language you speak, email is essential to your daily professional life.  With a simple click of a button we can communicate, connect and collaborate with anyone in any region of the world.
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
FCC raises record $44.9B in AWS-3 spectrum auction  —  It's over: FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction ends at record $44.9B in bids  —  The FCC said bidding in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, known as auction 97, is now closed after 341 rounds of bidding.  Total provisional winning bids came in at a record $44.899 billion.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung may remove default add-ons from TouchWiz on Galaxy S6, make them downloadable instead  —  Exclusive: Samsung removing bloat from TouchWiz, making most of it downloadable  —  The fact that Samsung's phones and tablets come with a lot of software features is both an advantage and a curse.

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Microsoft:
Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android  —  Starting immediately, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablet will be available in the Google Play store as free downloads, joining the highly rated OneNote for Android.
HP:
SLIDESHOW: Robot Caregivers  —  For the elderly, the very young, and people with mental or physical challenges, the most pressing need to avoid serious health issues is often simply attention—a consistent …
Zoho:
Introducing the new multilingual Zoho Campaigns  —  No matter where you live in the world, or what language you speak, email is essential to your daily professional life.  With a simple click of a button we can communicate …
500 Startups:
500 Startups Announces Batch 12 in San Francisco  —  Learn about our new companies and apply for Batch 13 in Mountain View.

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