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January 20, 2014, 12:50 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.
Rolfe Winkler / Digits:
Google removes “Add to Feedly” and “Tweet This Page” extensions after they were paid to show adware  —  Google Removes Two Chrome Extensions Amid Ad Uproar  —  Google removed two Chrome browser extensions from its web store after it was discovered the software included code …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
IBM Revives Effort to Sell Low-End Server Business  —  Revives An Effort That Came Close To Yielding A Deal Last Year  —  International Business Machines Corp. is exploring a sale of its low-end server business, according to people familiar with the matter, reviving an effort that came close to yielding a deal last year.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify opens up merchandise-selling feature to all artists  —  Over recent weeks, more than 200 artists have been selling merchandise through their Spotify profiles, after the streaming music service announced a partnership with D2C firm Topspin to launch the new feature.  Now it's being opened up to everyone.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Intellectual Ventures' first ever trial is set to begin against Google's Motorola this week  —  Google set to face Intellectual Ventures in landmark patent trial  —  (Reuters) - Intellectual Ventures is set to square off this week against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit in the first trial …
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Paul Sieminski / Wired:
Corporations Abusing Copyright Laws Are Ruining the Web for Everyone  —  Picture this somewhat typical scenario: Before breakfast, you use WordPress to write your morning blog post, which includes a screen shot of a movie you saw last night, along with your thoughts about the film.

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