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January 27, 2014, 11:10 AM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Exclusive: Google to Buy Artificial Intelligence Startup DeepMind for $400M  —  Google is shelling out $400 million to buy a secretive artificial intelligence company called DeepMind.  —  Google confirmed the deal after Re/code inquired about it, but declined to specify a price.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google paid more than $500M for DeepMind, beating out Facebook; creates ethics board to ensure technology isn't abused  —  Google Beat Facebook for DeepMind, Creates Ethics Board  —  Google, which is acquiring DeepMind Technologies, has agreed to establish an ethics board to ensure …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft renames SkyDrive to OneDrive  —  Microsoft is renaming its SkyDrive cloud storage to OneDrive.  The software giant has registered onedrive.com and the company has a promotional video on YouTube announcing the new name.  Microsoft says the name change will take place soon …
David Carr / New York Times:
Ezra Klein Is Joining Vox Media as Web Journalism Asserts Itself  —  After a week of speculation, it turns out that Ezra Klein, the prolific creator of The Washington Post's Wonkblog, will be going to Vox Media, the online home of SB Nation, a sports site, and The Verge, a fast-growing technology site.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kantar: Android Accounted 70% Of Smartphone Sales In Q4, But Samsung Is Now “Under Real Pressure”  —  Android continues to be the most popular mobile platform, with its share of smartphone sales climbing in every major market in Q4 2013, now accounting for 69.5% of all sales across 12 key markets versus 23.7% …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
AT&T dismisses talk of a Vodafone takeover bid  —  AT&T might want a piece of the European wireless market, but it's not planning to bid for British firm Vodafone.  The US carrier revealed today that it won't make a takeover offer for Vodafone, following months of speculation that originated in October.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Samsung to Pay Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Settle Patent Dispute With Ericsson  —  In the second patent deal announced by Samsung in the last 24 hours, the Korean electronics giant and Ericsson announced they have settled a dispute with a cross-licensing deal that will see some big checks …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Wikipedia adding celebrity voices to wiki pages to preserve them for future generations  —  A new project called WikiVIP was announced by Wikipedia today that seeks to add the voice of celebrities and other notable people to the online encyclopedia.  —  The project is the brainchild …
R. Jai Krishna / Wall Street Journal:
Google Takes Defamation Case to India's Supreme Court  —  An Indian Supreme Court hearing on whether the local unit of Google Inc. is liable for allegedly defamatory comments posted on its blogging site will help decide how Internet companies do business in the growing South Asian market.
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