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January 23, 2014, 9:10 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 …
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook interview with ABC about the Mac's 30th anniversary airing tomorrow  —  ABC News has announced that it has interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the 30th anniversary of the Mac.  The interview will air tomorrow night on World News with Diane Sawyer at 6:30 PM EST. A small portion …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Hilariously Debunks Princeton Study Saying It Will Lose 80% Of Users  —  Posted 25 seconds ago by Josh Constine (@joshconstine)  —  Last week Princeton researchers released a widely covered study saying Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2015-2017.
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 …
Signe Brewster / Gigaom:
Singularity University to launch $50 million venture fund to tackle the world's ‘grand challenges’  —  Forward-looking startups will have a chance at $50 million later this year when Singularity University, an education center and accelerator based at Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center, launches its first venture fund.
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 …
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.

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