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January 13, 2014, 3:55 PM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook acquires link-sharing service Branch for around $15 million  —  Link-sharing service Branch and subsidiary Potluck have agreed to be acquired by Facebook for around $15 million, sources familiar with the deal told The Verge.  Branch CEO Josh Miller broke the news in a Facebook post this morning, but didn't disclose a price.
Matt Mullenweg:
In role swap, Matt Mullenweg becomes Automattic's CEO, Toni Schneider to focus on new products  —  Toni Schneider & Automattic CEO  —  Eight years and one day ago I blogged about Toni Schneider joining Automattic as CEO, as I said then: … Fast-forward roughly two thousand, nine hundred …
Liam Boogar / Rude Baguette:
Taxi protest in Paris turns to guerrilla warfare as Uber car attacked on freeway  —  The right to protest has always been powerfully upheld in France - whether it's protesting an immigrant's right to healthcare, the closing of a factory, or even Taxis, who have perfected the art of making their voice heard …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Sprint's ‘One Up’ early upgrade plan axed after just four months  —  Sprint's One Up early upgrade plan is no more.  With the announcement of the plan last September, Sprint joined T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon in offering a way for customers to upgrade their handset mid-contract.
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
CNN consolidates tech coverage  —  CNN and CNNmoney.com will merge their respective tech desks into one team headed by New York-based editor David Goldman.  —  CNNMoney.com executive editor Chris Peacock and CNN Digital managing editor Meredith Artley made the announcement in an email to staffers this morning.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Nokia's Android phone appears in prototype form  —  Images of Nokia's Android phone — code-named Normandy — were published in November, showing what purported to be a low-cost smartphone that would run with a custom implementation of Android.  Now another picture of the phone has appeared on Twitter …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Internet of Things: The “Basket of Remotes” Problem  —  We count on WiFi and Bluetooth in our homes, but we don't have appliances that provide self-description or reliable two-way communication.  As a result, the Internet of Things for consumers is, in practice, a Basket of Remotes.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
‘High-profile’ Google+ users will get better default email settings  —  A few days ago, Google rolled out a potentially invasive new feature — if you have both a Gmail address and Google+ account, other Google+ and Gmail users will soon be able to send messages right into your inbox, even if you never gave them your email address.
Michael Gold / Reuters:
New Acer CEO disappoints with lack of detail on future plans  —  (Reuters) - Investors looking for specifics as to the future of Acer Inc, the world's No.4 PC vendor, came away disappointed when the new CEO spent more time delivering a history of the company's past mistakes than on where it was headed.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Dropbox messed up OS upgrade, caused two days of downtime  —  Dropbox went down Friday night after some normally routine upgrades went awry.  While the company restored most functionality within three hours, problems for some users persisted until Sunday.  —  The outage was followed …

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