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January 21, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Verizon agrees to buy Intel's failed internet TV project  —  After publicly announcing and failing to follow through with a big plan to launch a set-top box, Intel is selling the project to Verizon.  The telecoms company will purchase assets of Intel Media, a division set up to develop “over the top” TV services.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Why Verizon is buying Intel Media: it's all about taking on Comcast  —  Verizon made it official on the day of its Q4 2013 earnings call: The company is indeed buying the assets of Intel Media, the Intel subsidiary that has been developing an internet TV service called OnCue.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analysts' estimates for iPhones sold last quarter range from 50M to 60M, or 55.3M on average  —  How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?  —  The analysts' estimates range from 50 million to nearly 60 million.  Average: 55.3 million.  —  FORTUNE — There's a lot chatter …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO  —  Okay, I'm calling it: if you're using guest blogging as a way to gain links in 2014, you should probably stop.  Why?  Because over time it's become a more and more spammy practice, and if you're doing a lot of guest blogging then you're hanging out with really bad company.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Beats Music Streams With a Human Touch  —  For years and years, people have predicted that subscription streaming music services would eventually overtake paid download services in the hearts of average consumers.  The theory was that people would rather pay monthly for access to all the music …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon posts Q4 profit of $7.9B, adds 1.7M net connections  —  Verizon swung to a fourth-quarter profit as it continued to add wireless customers at a healthy clip.  —  The New York company on Tuesday posted a net income of $7.9 billion, or $1.77 a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $1.9 billion, or $1.48 a share.
Terence Kawaja / Re/code:
Color by Numbers: A new valuation framework for the Ad Tech sector  —  Ad-Tech Valuation: Color by Numbers  —  This past summer, trade press commentary focused on the impending doom of the ad-tech space, pointing to the industry's fragmentation and noting the underperformance of recent IPOs: Millennial Media, Tremor Video and YuMe.
More: AdExchanger and ExchangeWire.comTweets: @cdixon and @pkafka
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
While Dropbox leads in consumer adoption, Box's early focus on enterprise sales a key strength  —  Battle of the Box  —  The problem with the old thin client model was the assumption that processing power was scarce.  In fact, Moore's Law and the rise of ARM has made the exact opposite the case - processing is abundant.
JC Torres / SlashGear:
Initial D-Wave 2 quantum computer benchmarks show mixed results  —  Google gives an update on D-Wave 2 quantum computer benchmark status  —  As a tech company, Google has been known to branch out into different areas of interests, from self-driving cars to smart wearable technology and, more recently, to robotics.
MSDN Blogs:
Microsoft Research adopts Open Access policy for publications  —  In a recent interview with Scientific American, Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Research, discussed three main motivations for basic research at Microsoft.  The first relates to an aspiration to advance human knowledge …
David Talbot / MIT Technology Review:
In Developing Countries, Google and Facebook Already Defy Net Neutrality  —  In much of the world, the concept of “net neutrality” generates less public debate, given there's no affordable Net in the first place.  —  Net neutrality—the idea that all Internet traffic should generally be treated equally …
More: Wired, BGR and Dice News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Expedia Lost 25% Of Their Search Visibility In Google Possibly Over Unnatural Links  —  The major travel website, Expedia, seems to have lost 25% of their search visibility in Google according to Search Metrics.  It appears that drop was due to an unnatural link penalty …
More: Search Engine Roundtable and SkiftTweets: @whatthebitThanks:@forrestkoba
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter Users' Diversity Becomes an Ad Selling Point  —  Microblogging Social-Media Site Trying to Capitalize on Its Demographics  —  For most of its rather short life, Twitter Inc. rarely mentioned that its user base is more racially diverse than U.S. Internet users as a whole.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Spammers use automated calls and caller ID masking to extract sensitive personal data  —  Swindlers Use Telephones, With Internet's Tactics  —  SEATTLE — Phone swindles are practically as old as the telephone itself.  But new technology has led to an onslaught of Internet-inspired fraud tactics …

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