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January 23, 2014, 7:45 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 beats earnings, ships 7.4 million Xboxes, doubles Surface revenue  —  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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources say new Apple TV box likely coming soon, App/Game Store possible  —  We've learned that Apple is making progress on its development of a successor to the current Apple TV and that the device is well into testing.  We are led to believe that the new device, which is said to be a set-top box rather …
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.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Interview with Schiller, Federighi and Tribble on the future of the Mac on its 30th birthday  —  Apple executives on the Mac at 30: ‘The Mac keeps going forever.’  —  Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the Macintosh, and we all learned why 1984 wasn't going to be like 1984.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Pentagon says ‘absolutely no new orders have been placed’ for BlackBerry phones  —  Stock surges on news of a big win that never was  —  Last week, a press release from the Department of Defense announced the launch of a new mobile network within the agency that will utilize unclassified mobile devices …
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 …
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Biz Stone's Jelly Raises Series B Led By Greylock, And Josh Elman Joins The Board  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has raised a Series B round of investment led by Greylock Partners, with Spark Capital participating.  The raise comes just under a year after it raised a Series A round from Spark …
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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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Watch Out Tumblr, Pinterest Now Supports GIFs  —  Earlier this week, some Pinterest users noticed that the company was experimenting with support for animated GIFs on its site - the popular, moving images that, until recently, defaulted to static photos when pinned.

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Microsoft:
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