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January 14, 2014, 1:50 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.
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 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
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.
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: 9to5Mac and App Advice
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: SiliconBeat and BetabeatTweets: @lheron and @getturnstyle
Toby Wolpe / ZDNet:
Datacenter startup Nutanix raises $101m with eye on IPO  —  Summary: New round of investment will help finance commercial expansion and boost analytics development at converged infrastructure specialist Nutanix.  —  Toby Wolpe  —  Nutanix says the $101m funding anounced this week will enable …
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 …
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 …
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
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.

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Intel:
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