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January 14, 2014, 3:50 PM

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules, agency may appeal  —  An appeals court in Washington on Tuesday ruled that the FCC's “net neutrality” rules, which forbid prevent companies like Verizon from favoring some type of internet traffic over others, are invalid.
Lorraine Luk / Digits:
Foxconn Ships Over 1 Million iPhone 5Ss to China Mobile  —  Apple's major iPhone assembler Foxconn has shipped about 1.4 million iPhone 5Ss to China Mobile last week, according to a person familiar with the matter, ahead of the mobile giant's launch this Friday.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google releases Moto G Google Play Edition for $179/$199  —  This morning Google announced that its releasing a Moto G Google Play Edition starting at $179 for the 8GB model and $199 for the 16GB model.  There isn't much of a difference between the Google Play Edition and the regular unlocked GSM model …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Why Techmeme's calendar is now listing even more events  —  Nearly two years ago, Techmeme began listing technology events, both on its front page, which showed events expected to result in news on Techmeme, and a dedicated events page which showed the same list, but projected several more months into the future.
Katie Fehrenbacher / Gigaom:
The winners and losers in Google's acquisition of Nest  —  The designer who helped create the iPhone at Apple is now officially going to be part of Apple's arch rival: Google.  That's right, on Monday afternoon Google and Nest announced that the search engine giant plans to spend $3.2 billion acquiring …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Startups analyze phone location data, sell lifestyle profiles of owners, often with no consent  —  What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You  —  Businesses Use Sensors to Track Customers, Build Shopper Profiles  —  Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto …
More: Digits, SiliconBeat and Betabeat
Tweets: @lheron and @getturnstyle
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast For $5-10M To Radionomy, Takes 12% Stake In Belgian Digital Audio Company  —  Returning from the brink of death, music services Winamp and Shoutcast are now officially with a new owner: Digital audio business Radionomy has acquired the both media player and radio platform from AOL.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yandex Adds Facebook Posts And Big Data To Its Search Results In Russia, Other Home Markets  —  Yandex and Facebook had a notable run-in last year when a team of developers from the Russian search giant created a social search app called Wonder, which Facebook promptly blocked, leading to it shutting down.
Horace Dediu / asymco.com:
In 2013 the number of Windows PCs sold was only 1.18 times the number of Apple devices sold  —  When Apple reached parity with Windows  —  In 2013 there were 18.8 times more Windows PCs sold than Macs.  This is a reduction in the Windows advantage from about 19.8x in 2012.
More: App Advice, 9to5Mac and ElectronistaTweets: @alex
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Early Android Veterans Raise $18M From Accel, Google Ventures For Stealth Company, NextBit  —  “What?  You're raising $18 million from Accel and Google Ventures and you can't even tell me what it is?”  I ask Tom Moss, who brokered carrier and handset maker relationships for Google Android when the OS originally launched.
More: Re/codeTweets: @koush
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Could Launch Its Flipboard-Like News Reader This Month  —  After years of experimentation, cancellations and redesigns, Facebook looks like it is finally going to launch in the coming weeks a news reading service built for mobile devices.  —  The product is known as “Paper,” …
Tweets: @caseynewton and @pkafka
Devon Maloney / Wired:
The Hacker Who Cracked the Code in Iron Man and The Social Network  —  British programmer John Graham-Cumming recently noticed something unusual as he watched the movie Elysium: a piece of code that he recognized, flashing across the monitors as the film's characters interacted with a futuristic computer.
More: Co.Labs
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Sony grows its Xperia line by two with the 6-inch T2 Ultra and Walkman-centric E1  —  You'd think a company that very recently announced two new flagship smartphones at CES would slow its roll and hold off on the product announcements for a bit.  But no, Sony's introducing two more handsets …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches New Comments Management Tool  —  YouTube today launched a new tool for managing comments on its site that gives video creators a central inbox for all the comments their videos receive.  —  When YouTube made the controversial switch to Google+ comments, it also added a number of new tools for managing these comments.
Lora Kolodny / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Applause Raises $43M to Test Apps, Hardware ‘In the Wild’ … A startup called Applause Inc., previously known as uTest, has raised $43 million to help businesses test their Web, mobile and desktop apps “on real devices in the hands of real consumers in actual markets,” rather than in a device laboratory …
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Valve's VR-friendly Steam UI launches in beta prior to its headset reveal  —  If Oculus Rift's new “Crystal Cove” prototype is anything to go by (it's seriously guano, if you hadn't heard already), then gamers are really going to appreciate the virtual reality revival.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Coinye developers say they're abandoning project as Kanye West escalates legal battle  —  Kanye West has escalated his legal battle against Coinye, filing a trademark-infringement lawsuit against unnamed digital currency operators and 100 anonymous co-defendants, even as some people involved with the project appear to have abandoned it.

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