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January 27, 2014, 3:40 PM

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James Ball / Guardian:
NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data  —  GCHQ documents use Angry Birds - reportedly downloaded more than 1.7bn times - as a case study for app data collection.  —  The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities …
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
CEO of Winklevoss-funded BitInstant arrested in Silk Road investigation, charged with money laundering  —  Winklevoss-Funded Bitcoin Startup CEO Arrested In Silk Road Investigation  —  The widening circle of arrests in the investigation of the Silk Road and other “dark web” …
Craig Karmin / Wall Street Journal:
Starwood Hotels test allows customers to skip check-in desk and open rooms with smartphones  —  Smartphones to Open Doors at Some Hotels  —  Starwood to Begin Test of Virtual Keys Stored in Apps … Guests arriving at the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan or one in Silicon Valley will soon be able …
Maria Kiselyova / Reuters:
Russia's Megafon signs new iPhone deal with Apple  —  (Reuters) - Russia's second-biggest mobile phone operator, Megafon, said on Monday it had signed a direct contract with Apple Inc and resumed selling iPhones after a four-year break.  —  Megafon has not been able to sell iPhones since 2009 …
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% …
Alex Colon / Gigaom:
New reports shed light on Samsung Galaxy Glass, Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch  —  When Samsung reported its Q4 earnings last week, the company said that it plans to expand its reach further into the wearables space.  And according to two new reports, it looks like the company might be working …

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