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January 16, 2014, 9:00 AM

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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
He Was Fired: Here's Marissa Mayer's De Castro Buh-Bye Memo to Yahoo Staff  —  Here it is, the internal memo to Yahoo staff about the sudden — though it was not sudden, by any means — leave-taking today of its COO, Henrique De Castro, courtesy of one of my 10,563 sources left at Yahoo!
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, Mayer's No. 2, to depart after failing to move lagging ad business  —  “Dead Man Walking” Walks: COO Henrique De Castro Out at Yahoo  —  As has long been rumored, Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro is departing Yahoo.  I had reported last week that he was in big trouble …
Federal Trade Commission:
Apple to refund consumers at least $32.5M for in-app purchases made without parental consent  —  Apple Inc. Will Provide Full Consumer Refunds of At Least $32.5 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Charged for Kids' In-App Purchases Without Parental Consent  —  Company Also Will Modify its Billing Practices Under FTC Settlement
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify Drops Free Web Listening Time Limit Everywhere - A Big Scalability Milestone  —  Spotify's advertising engine and paid customer conversion funnel are finally working well enough that today it eliminated all limits on free, ad-supported web listening in all countries.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
BitTorrent Creator's New Software DissidentX Hides Secrets In Plain Sight  —  Encryption tools help people keep secrets.  Bram Cohen has a more subtle ambition: he wants to help people keep secret the act of keeping secrets.  —  For the last year Cohen, who created the breakthrough file …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Report: eBay To Launch “The Plaza,” A New Brand-Focused Online Mall For Retail Goods  —  According to a new report from Macquarie Capital, marketplace giant eBay is set to launch a new vertical this spring called The Plaza on eBay that will focus on direct-to-consumer sales.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
OUYA Founding Team Member And VP Of Product Development Departs  —  One of OUYA's founding members, Muffi Ghadiali, has left the company, TechCrunch has learned.  Ghadiali was instrumental in helping launch the OUYA on Kickstarter and to the consumer market, and has previous experience working for Lab126 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Partners With MakerBot and Shapeways To Bring 3D Printing Support To Photoshop, Adds Perspective Warp Tool & Resets 30-Day Trials  —  Adobe today launched the latest update to its subscription-based Creative Cloud suite.  While the company is updating a variety of its tools …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Price war in U.S. mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage  —  (Reuters) - New Year's rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry's profits could seriously decline.  —  After months of aggressive moves by T-Mobile US to lure customers from other carriers …
Larry Seltzer / ZDNet:
Microsoft to extend Windows XP antimalware updates one year  —  Summary: Security updates for Windows XP will end this April, but updated antimalware signatures for the operating system will continue for another year.  —  Microsoft has announced that they will continue to supply antimalware signatures …
Jim Salter / Ars Technica:
Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside “next-gen” filesystems  —  We look at the amazing features in ZFS and btrfs—and why you need them.  —  Most people don't care much about their filesystems.  But at the end of the day, the filesystem is probably the single most important part of an operating system.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Now integrated in Chrome Canary builds, with weather, scores, traffic, and reminder cards  —  Google Now in Chrome for Desktop  —  Google Now cards are available in the latest Chrome Canary build for Windows and Mac (34.0.1788).  You only need to go to chrome://flags/#enable-google- now …
Evan Schuman / Computerworld:
Starbucks caught storing mobile passwords in clear text  —  In a case of convenience for users trumping security, Starbucks has been storing the passwords for its mobile-payment app, along with geolocation data, in clear text  —  The Starbucks mobile app, the most used mobile-payment app in the U.S. …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Compass survey: 66% of Silicon Valley startup founders pay themselves less than $50k  —  What salary does the founder of your favorite startup get?  Probably not a very high one  —  If you're a startup founder, how much should you pay yourself?  Not very much, according to data that Compass has shared with The Next Web.
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Brent Rose / Gizmodo:
Google Play Movies and TV Finally Comes to iOS  —  First Google Play Books made its way to iOS.  Then Google Play Music undertook the pilgrimage.  So, it should be little surprise that today Google Play Movies and TV has finally made the jump.  This is significant not just because it brings …

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