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January 13, 2014, 6:35 PM

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Google:
Google to acquire Tony Fadell's smart home startup Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash  —  Google to Acquire Nest  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.  —  Nest's mission is to reinvent unloved …
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 …
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.
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.
More: Gigaom, BGR and hypebot
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft, GoDaddy partner on Office 365 plans for small businesses  —  Summary: GoDaddy will be offering its small-business customers a choice of three Mirosoft Office 365 plans, including one for $12.49 a month that includes desktop versions of Office.  —  Microsoft and GoDaddy are extending …
Klint Finley / Wired:
Out in the Open: An NSA-Proof Twitter, Built With Code From Bitcoin and BitTorrent  —  When mass political protests erupted throughout Brazil in June, Miguel Freitas did what countless others did: He followed the news on Twitter.  Tweets revealed information he couldn't get anywhere else, including the mainstream media.
More: Daily DotTweets: @trevortimm
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Groupon Moves Into Flash Fashion, Buys Ideeli For $43M In Cash  —  More acquisitions for Groupon to widen the net of consumers using its platform for more than daily deals.  Today it is announcing the acquisition of ideeli, a flash fashion retailer, for $43 million in cash.
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 …
Steven Levy / Wired:
I Spent Two Hours Talking With the NSA's Bigwigs.  Here's What Has Them Mad  —  My expectations were low when I asked the National Security Agency to cooperate with my story on the impact of Edward Snowden's leaks on the tech industry.  During the 1990s, I had been working on a book, Crypto …
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 …
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.

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