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January 14, 2014, 7:35 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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
How the FCC screwed up its chance to make ISP blocking illegal  —  Today's court ruling invalidating the anti-blocking and anti-discrimination rules in the Federal Communication Commission's Open Internet Order was not a surprise to observers who were aware of one inconvenient fact—the FCC really screwed this one up.
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,” …
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.
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.
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.
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, Betabeat and SiliconBeat
Tweets: @lheron and @getturnstyle
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: VatorNews and Re/codeTweets: @koush
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 …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Uber Cofounder Is Launching On Demand Healthcare for the 1%  —  Sources tell Valleywag that after housing and transportation, the latest slice of public infrastructure to get the VIP, front-of-the-line treatment is healthcare.  We hear Oscar Salazar, an Uber cofounder who helped design …
Tweets: @jmover
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.
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.
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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Microsoft:
FansChoice.tv and Ooyala choose Microsoft to help them deliver content to anyone, on any device  —  On Monday at the 2014 NAB Show exhibition, Microsoft is showing the latest technology innovations for the broadcast media industry.
Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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