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January 27, 2014, 12:15 PM

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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 …
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% …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Ahead of earnings, analyst estimates put Apple's fiscal Q1 revenues at $58B, up 6.6% YoY  —  Spreadsheet of the day: Final estimates for Apple's fiscal Q1 2014  —  The consensus forecast of 47 analysts: Earnings of $14.36 per share on sales of $58 billion.
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.
Zach Sokol / Motherboard:
3-D Printed Crime Scenes Are Coming to a Courtroom Near You  —  There's undeniably something captivating about looking at a crime scene.  Similar to watching a train wreck, try walking by a block protected by police tape without doing a double-take.  As the gargantuan viewership of shows …
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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 …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
LG shrinks losses thanks to strong TV sales, promises new flagship phone next month  —  LG doubled its profits in the last year — and it's thanking an apparent boom in HDTV sales, not its mobile wares.  From October - December 2013, the company made an operating profit of $220 million …

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