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January 25, 2014, 10:15 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.
Benedict Evans:
As tech, media, and telecom collide, ignorance of any one sector leads to failures like Joost and WiMax  —  Ignorance  —  “However vast any person's basic reading may be, there still remain an enormous number of fundamental works that he has not read.”  - Italo Calvino
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
When Gmail Went Down, Yahoo Poked Fun On Twitter, Then Apologized  —  Gmail was down briefly today, and Yahoo — which suffered its own and much longer-lasting email woes recently — still decided it was a good opportunity to have some fun, tweeting about the failure then later apologizing.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook's referral traffic share grew over 48% in Q4 2013, Pinterest was up 30%, but Twitter dipped 4%  —  Social discovery and sharing platform Shareaholic today released a report covering referral traffic data from the eight largest social media sites in Q4 2013.
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.
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.
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 …
Ryan Huang / ZDNet:
South Korea rules pre-installed phone bloatware must be deletable  —  Summary: New guidelines will require the industry to allow smartphone users the option to delete unnecessary pre-loaded applications, to rectify unreasonable practices and reduce inconvenience.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Union Square Ventures finalizing a $350M fundraise for its next early-stage and “opportunities” funds  —  Union Square Ventures raises new funds  —  Early Twitter backer closes in on $300 million for new investments.  —  FORTUNE — Union Square Ventures …
Zach Miners / PC World:
DOJ files its first lawsuits over counterfeit apps  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its first lawsuits over counterfeit smartphone apps, charging four men who now face up to five years each in prison.  —  “These crimes involve the large-scale violation of intellectual property rights …

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