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January 27, 2014, 6:10 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 …
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Exclusive: Watch Steve Jobs' First Demonstration of the Mac for the Public, Unseen Since 1984  —  It's January, 1984.  Steve Jobs, nattily attired in a double-breasted suit, is demonstrating Apple's breakthrough personal computer, Macintosh, before a packed room.
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.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google and Samsung reach global patent cross-licensing agreement covering “the two companies' existing patents as well as those filed over the next 10 years”  —  Google and Samsung reach global patent license deal  —  In a move that could have big implications …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
As smart home standards make slow progress, middleman services to tie devices together emerge  —  The dumb state of the smart home  —  Consumers are ready to connect their homes, but their appliances aren't  —  Shane Dyer is surrounded by a dozen or so home appliances made by a dozen or so different manufacturers.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
For some, Twitter is becoming less about relevancy and more about one-liners  —  Valley of the Blahs: How Justin Bieber's Troubles Exposed Twitter's Achilles' Heel  —  At some point, Twitter and the rest of social media became less about wanting to share the news and more about wanting to be the news.
Bruce Cleveland / Fortune:
Former Siebel SVP disputes the “David defeats Goliath” characterization of Salesforce's rise  —  Lessons from the death of a tech Goliath  —  Salesforce's ascent and Siebel's demise has long been characterized as a classic Silicon Valley tale of the little guy triumphing over the giant.
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CB Insights:
As Tech VCs Pile Into New York, Massachusetts is Unable to Keep Pace  —  Our friend Shai Goldman over at SVB tweeted this out a few days ago: … A lot of our past research has been focused on financing and exit activity in the top startup hubs, but this tweet got us thinking …
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