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January 27, 2014, 4:35 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 …
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” …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
FBI seized entire TorMail database in Freedom Hosting investigation, now executes search warrants on it for unrelated cases  —  If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox  —  While investigating a hosting company known for sheltering child porn last year the FBI incidentally seized …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office Web Apps to be renamed ‘Office Online’?  —  Summary: There may be more Microsoft rebranding in the works, if new screen shots of ‘Office Online’ are what they appear to be.  —  On the heels of rebranding its “SkyDrive” cloud-storage service to “OneDrive,” …
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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple's Mixed Q1 2014 With $57.6B Revenue, $13.1B Profit And $14.50 EPS  —  Apple has just released its fiscal Q3 2013 earnings, reporting $57.6 billion in revenue, $13.1 billion in net profit representing $14.50 per share.  —  According to Fortune, the consensus among analysts was for Apple …
Craig Karmin / Wall Street Journal:
Starwood Hotels tests allowing customers to skip check-in desk, open rooms with smartphone app  —  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 …
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% …

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