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January 25, 2014, 4:35 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple Moves Toward Expanded Mobile-Payment Service  —  Apple Inc. laying the groundwork for an expanded mobile-payments service, leveraging its growing base of iPhone and iPad users and the hundreds of millions of credit cards on file through its iTunes stores.
iFixit:
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline.com:
Sony Pictures, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Make Movie Deal For ‘Lean In’  —  EXCLUSIVE: In a deal spearheaded by Sony Pictures production president Hannah Minghella, the studio has made a preemptive acquisition of film rights to Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will to Lead, the 2013 book written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Gmail And Google+ Go Down Across The World, Service Returns After Roughly 50 Minutes  —  Update 2: As of 2:52 service seems to be restored and reliable on both Gmail and Google+ for most of those affected.  —  Update: Users are now reporting that Gmail service at least is back for some …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Black Car Competitor Accuses Uber Of DDoS-Style Attack; Uber Admits Tactics Are “Too Aggressive”  —  Competition is fierce in the world of on-demand transportation.  The consumer demand for better, more convenient car service has exploded over the last two years, and startups services are racing to capitalize.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Bay area tech companies should give back and promote good public policy in their community  —  It Doesn't Have To Be This Way  —  There is a story being told about us here in the tech industry in San Francisco — that we are entitled, or that we are oblivious.  I don't believe that's true.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1: Rumored release target is March 11  —  Summary: Windows 8.1 Update 1 may be headed for a March 2014 release and could include some under-the-hood changes to reduce memory and disk space requirements for cheaper tablets.  —  There's nothing like ending the week with a few fresh Windows rumors.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Virtual World Gaming Startup Cloud Party, Will Shut It Down  —  Yahoo is doing more than just throwing shade at Google on Twitter today and then taking it back - the company has acquired Cloud Party, a browser-based game creation engine.  In a blog post today …

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