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January 28, 2014, 11:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV graduates from hobby/accessory to product line ahead of major changes  —  Apple appears to be putting its ducks in a row ahead of major Apple TV changes.  Alongside last night's changes to the Apple Online Store to promote Valentine's Day specials, Apple added an entire Apple TV section.
Re/code:
Medium, Evan Williams's Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round  —  Medium is about to become large.  —  The collaborative publishing startup has just closed a $25 million round of financing, the company confirmed, marking its first major funding raise since it launched a little more than a year ago.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q4 2013 Earnings Slide 6% To $1.27B On EPS Of $0.46, Display Ads Down 6%  —  Yahoo today reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013, where it reported GAAP revenues of $1.27 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.46.  Excluding traffic acquisition costs, revenues were $1.2 billion.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Shutting Down IntoNow, Nearly Three Years After Acquisition  —  IntoNow — the second-screen app that Yahoo bought in the spring of 2011, just 12 weeks after its launch — is being shut down by its parent company.  As of last week, IntoNow was taken off the Apple App Store and Google Play …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Bitcoin Investors Ask For ‘Safe Harbor’ Exceptions In Proposed ‘BitLicense’ Regulations  —  Bitcoin's reputation may have been bruised by its connection to the Silk Road black market and Monday's indictment of Bitcoin Foundation vice chairman Charlie Shrem.  But a panel of Bitcoin-focused …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Pebble Steel review: at last, a stylish smartwatch  —  Smartwatches are supposed to be pieces of jewelry that are just as personal as the smartphones they're attached to, yet rarely are they thought of as fashionable.  We've seen a handful (or is it wristful?) that are hip, ornate and sporty …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T swings to profit, adds 1.2M contract smartphone customers  —  AT&T swung to a profit in the fourth quarter as it deals with pressure from rival T-Mobile.  —  The Dallas telecommunications company posted a fourth-quarter profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.31 a share, compared with a year-earlier loss …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook: Open Compute Has Saved Us $1.2 Billion  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Over the last three years, Facebook has saved more than $1.2 billion by using Open Compute designs to streamline its data centers and servers, the company said today.  Those massive gains savings are the result of hundreds …
Matt Martin / VG247:
Amazon's Android console to launch this year priced below $300  —  Retail giant Amazon will launch a dedicated games and entertainment device this year priced below $300.  —  Running the Android operating system, the system will compete directly with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo …
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
LA TV stations will share a single channel in hopes of creating new 4G spectrum  —  Los Angeles TV stations KLCS and KJLA will conduct an interesting experiment in the next few month: they will try to merge their digital broadcasts onto a single TV channel.  —  The two stations are working …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Appstore Now Allows Developers To Charge For HTML5 Web Apps, Promote Them Through “Free App Of The Day”  —  Amazon is announcing a change to its Appstore today, which will now allow developers building HTML5 (web-based) applications to price those apps to sell, just the same as their natively coded counterparts.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
IBM Exploring Sale of Software-Defined Networking Business  —  A week after selling its server business unit to Lenovo, IBM is now exploring the sale of some of its networking assets and may be seeking as much as a $1 billion, sources familiar with the matter tell Re/code.
More: SiliconANGLE and Forbes
Al Kamen / In the Loop:
The NSA has a new, first time ever, privacy officer  —  The National Security Agency, which has come under a bit of criticism of late for violating the privacy rights of just about everyone on the planet, has named its first- ever person to the newly created job of primary adviser …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Hacker Behind SpyEye Banking Trojan Pleads Guilty After Being Nabbed in the Dominican Republic  —  A Russian hacker who developed the widely used SpyEye banking Trojan has pleaded guilty today to creating the malicious toolkit that was considered one of the most popular hacking tools for two years.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Framing Google Glass: the headset of the future now works with prescription lenses  —  Just shy of a year after the Google Glass Explorer edition started arriving on early adopters' doorsteps, Google is announcing a way for people who need prescription glasses to use it.

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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
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Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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