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January 23, 2014, 4:35 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
4½", 5" screen iPhones expected in second half of year, smaller one further along in development, to feature metal casing, plastic casing scrapped  —  Apple iPhones to Come Out With Bigger Screens  —  Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Revenue of $24.52 Billion in Second Quarter  —  Double-digit growth in Commercial and Devices and Consumer segments drives record revenue.  — REDMOND, Wash. — January 23, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2013.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft posts record revenue of $24.5B, beats earnings expectations in holiday quarter  —  Microsoft just announced revenue of $24.5 billion for the December quarter, up 14 percent from the same quarter a year ago — crediting growth in both its consumer and commercial business segments.
More: USA Today
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Independent review board says NSA phone data program is illegal and should end  —  An independent executive branch board has concluded that the National Security Agency's long-running program to collect billions of Americans' phone records is illegal and should end.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End  —  WASHINGTON — An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency's program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
iPhone 5s Owners Gobbling “Unprecedented” Levels Of Data, Study Finds  —  Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple's iPhone 5s and Samsung's Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL Buys Personalization Startup Gravity for $90 Million in Cash  —  In a bid to add another publishing and advertising tool to its offerings, AOL has acquired personalization startup Gravity for about $90 million in cash.  —  As part of the deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Google Glass User Detained By Feds Talks About Ordeal  —  While some businesses are banning the high-tech wearable device Google Glass, a theatre owner in Columbus, Ohio, saw enough of a threat to call the Department of Homeland Security.  The manager called in unnamed Homeland Security agents …
Bloomberg:
Lenovo to Buy IBM Server Unit For $2.3 Billion Amid PC Slump  —  Lenovo Group Ltd., the world's largest maker of personal computers, will buy International Business Machines Corp.'s server business for $2.3 billion.  —  The deal price includes about $2 billion of cash and the rest in Lenovo stock …
Chris Kohler / Wired:
Instead of porting its games to other mobile platforms, Nintendo should run its own platform  —  Everything You're Thinking About Nintendo Is Totally Wrong  —  The entire internet has weighed in with what it believes is the answer to Nintendo's financial woes: Go mobile, immediately.
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Dennis Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart aims to match Amazon's service offerings in two years, continues warehouse build out  —  Wal-Mart Aims To Match Amazon's Service Offerings  —  Wal-Mart Will Continue To Build Out New Distribution Centers for Online Delivery  —  The head of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 's e-commerce efforts predicted …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Says Lumia & Other Phone Sales Declined In Q4 As It Prepares To Sell Division To Microsoft  —  In what is likely to be Nokia's last quarterly earnings before it hands off its mobile phone making business to Microsoft, the Finnish mobile maker has reported lower sales of Lumia devices in its Q4.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
App Revenue In Asia Grew A Massive 162% In 2013, Driven By Google Play  —  Over the past two years, Asia has emerged as the world's top marketplace for apps-and it's still growing.  Revenue in Asia rose by a massive 162% in 2013, “annihilating” growth in all other continents, according to a new report by Distimo.
Jack Clark / The Register:
Amazon's lack of public involvement in open source may cause talent attrition, say insiders  —  Amazon's ‘schizophrenic’ open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders  —  Moles blame Bezos for paltry code sharing  —  Exclusive Amazon is one of the most technically …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Judge: IP-Address Does Not Prove Copyright Infringement  —  Mass-BitTorrent lawsuits have been dragging on for years in the US, involving hundreds of thousands of alleged downloaders.  —  The copyright holders who start these cases generally provide nothing more than an IP address as evidence.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Lively raises $2 million as live concert space heats up  —  Seattle-based digital music startup Lively has raised close to $2 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.  Lively offers artists an easy way to record their concerts, and then sell them to concert-goers and other fans immediately after the show.
More: hypebot
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Huawei settles with Rockstar Consortium, will pay for Android's infringement of ex-Nortel patents  —  The Google-led group of Android device makers sued on Halloween 2013 over former Nortel patents fails to present a united front to the Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding firm jointly owned by Apple …
More: Engadget and CNET
John Cook / GeekWire:
Early stakeholders in Scout Analytics claim venture capitalists engaged in ‘self dealing, corporate waste’ prior to $32M acquisition  —  Not everyone is happy about today's $32 million acquisition of Scout Analytics by ServiceSource.  A group of series A preferred stockholders filed suit …

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