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January 17, 2014, 11:45 PM

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Dropbox Raises About $250 Million at $10 Billion Valuation  —  BlackRock Is Leading the Deal Alongside Previous Backers  —  Dropbox Inc. has closed on about $250 million in a funding round that values the online-storage provider at close to $10 billion, according to two people familiar with the deal.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Dropbox Fundraising Could Actually Be as Much as $400 Million  —  Dropbox's latest funding round values the company at $10 billion, with private equity giant BlackRock leading the deal with participation with existing investors.  —  But while the round is currently worth $250 million …
Reuters:
Obama bans spying on leaders of U.S. allies, scales back NSA program  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced a ban on U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Friday, and rein in the vast collection of Americans' phone data in a series of reforms triggered by Edward Snowden's revelations.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Andreessen Horowitz raising $1.5 billion for new fund  —  Andreessen Horowitz is raising its fourth fund in six years.  —  FORTUNE — Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is in the process of raising $1.5 billion for its fourth fund, Fortune has learned.
Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Plan New One Phone With Larger Screen, Better Camera  —  HTC Corp. (2498) plans a March release for the latest version of its HTC One smartphone featuring a larger screen and twin-sensor rear camera, according to a person with direct knowledge of the plans.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Nintendo ‘studying’ mobile devices in wake of bleak hardware sales forecast  —  “It's not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.”  —  Earlier today Nintendo slashed its sales forecast for the Wii U by nearly 70 percent, which in turn led the company to predict an operating loss of around $336 million.
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Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
Sprint Wifi Calling poised to debut on two Samsung phones  —  Calling requires software update but no monthly fee; only supported in the U.S.  —  T-Mobile may soon no longer be the only major carrier offering first-party Wifi calling, as Sprint apparently is preparing to launch a system of its own.
Joseph Czikk / BetaKit:
Hopper, the Startup That's Been in Stealth for Six Years Finally (Soft) Launched This Week  —  It's been six years since a bunch of ex-Expedia and TripAdvisor engineers started working on Hopper, a Montreal and Boston-based startup that has raised $22 million in funding.
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google introduces surveys to discover why you're muting its ads  —  Google today announced it is introducing, over the next few weeks, a series of short surveys in English-speaking countries which will appear after a user mutes an ad.  The company says its goals are to learn why users mute ads …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Path launches for Windows Phone as a public beta  —  Path today quietly launched an app for Windows Phone, but there's a small catch: it's a public beta.  Nevertheless, the social network has arrived on Microsoft's mobile platform and you can grab the app now directly from the Windows Phone Store.

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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
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