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January 21, 2014, 11:40 AM

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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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Beats Will Shut Down MOG Music April 15; MOG Founder Joins Stealth Mobile Startup Chosen.fm  —  As Beats Music turns up the volume on its new streaming service (which is now live in the App Store), it is calling it a day on MOG, the streaming service its parent Beats Electronics acquired …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google encourages employees to attend SF hearing on shuttle regulations, issues talking points  —  Google's “High Handed” Bus Memo  —  Like the last time people tried busing as a solution to a socioeconomic problem, the tech busing in San Francisco has become a hot-button topic.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Brings On Londoner Benedict Evans  —  Andreessen Horowitz is widening its talent pool once again.  Today the company is adding Benedit Evans, a long-time mobile analyst and pundit, to its team.  He is currently based in London but will be relocating to Menlo Park.
More: Benedict EvansTweets: @semil and @hunterwalk
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Time for an international convention on government access to data  —  General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft  —  Last week, President Obama spoke about the role of the National Security Agency and announced some important changes to the surveillance practices of the U.S. government.
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 …
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 …
Tweets: @pmphlt
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.

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