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January 14, 2014, 12:40 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 …
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 …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google's Nest acquisition is about having the ability to do consumer hardware right  —  On Google's Acquisition of Nest  —  Tony Fadell, in an interview today with Om Malik, on why Nest sold to Google: … Consider Fadell's record with the iPod at Apple.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear shopping cart case between Newegg and patent troll Soverain  —  U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Internet shopping patent case  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would not take on an Internet technology patent case that pitted …
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 …
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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.
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google's patent rank shoots up as company stakes out wearable tech  —  Google received nearly 2,000 patents in 2013, which is a significant jump from previous years and reflects the company's determination, as it moves into new fields of technology, to avoid the sort of legal exposure it has faced for years in the smartphone market.
Nick Hide / CNET:
Moto X hits UK and Europe in February for £380, 429 euros  —  Motorola is bringing its flagship Android phone to Britain, France and Germany next month.  —  LONDON — Motorola is bringing its flagship Android phone to Europe.  The Moto X will go on sale in the UK …
Kyle VanHemert / Wired:
Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report  —  A few weeks into the making of Her, Spike Jonze's new flick about romance in the age of artificial intelligence, the director had something of a breakthrough.  After poring over the work of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists trying …

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