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January 20, 2014, 4:35 PM

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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Nest CEO Tony Fadell vows to make any privacy policy changes transparent and opt-in  —  Following last week's Google acquisition, Nest chief executive Tony Fadell has vowed to make any alterations to its privacy policy opt-in, and to be transparent about such changes to all of its users.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
HP brings back Windows 7 ‘by popular demand’  —  HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine.  The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that “Windows 7 is back.”  A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Fon pulls in $14M as it partners with Qualcomm and Facebook  —  The crowdsourced Wi-Fi network Fon is about to find its way into a whole lot more routers, as Qualcomm and others have plowed $14 million into the Spanish company.  Qualcomm in particular will bake Fon functionality into its Atheros wireless chipsets.
Luke Edwards / Pocket-lint:
Samsung Galaxy S5 new UI leaks again looking like an attractive Google Now  —  Samsung's refreshed UI looks almost certain now.  Yet more photos have leaked online at the same time as the Galaxy S5 rumour mill gets up to speed.  —  We're expecting to see the new Samsung UI unveiled …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
After Nest acquisition, Google looks more like a conglomerate than a unified product company  —  Google the Conglomerate: After Nest, No Industry is Safe  —  I've spent many hours trying to puzzle out Google's product plans.  What's the logic behind Google Drive, how does Motorola fit in a software company, and on and on (link).
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Laura He / MarketWatch:
Weibo user count declined 9% to 281M in 2013 amidst mobile messaging growth, speech crackdown  —  China's Twitter is bleeding users  —  While Facebook FB struggles with declining traffic among U.S. teens, China's most popular social-media channel — a group of Twitter-like microblog services …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple insists on anti-cloning provision as part of any patent settlement with Samsung  —  When the CEOs of Apple and Samsung, accompanied by several in-house lawyers, meet for their (court-requested) settlement negotiations on or before February 19, there will probably be flexibility …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google Remarketing Ads Found To Violate Canadian Privacy Law; To Revamp Ad Review System By June  —  Google has agreed to several concessions after an investigation by Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner found Google in violation of Canada's privacy rights for the use of sensitive health history in remarketing campaigns.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Verizon's Edge plan now lets you upgrade your phone after 30 days, but it's still a bad deal  —  You still need to pay off 50 percent of the phone's retail cost  —  Verizon has made a tweak to its Edge phone upgrade plan, which the carrier rolled out in the summer as a response to T-Mobile's own no-contract, early upgrade policies.

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