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January 28, 2014, 10:00 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.
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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 …
Alice Truong / Fast Company:
Following Arrest, BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem Resigns From Bitcoin Foundation  —  The day after BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem was arrested on money-laundering charges, the 24-year-old has resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation, where he was a founding member and had served as vice chairman since 2012.
More: CoinDesk, The Verge and GigaomThanks:@alicetruong
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 …
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 …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook: Open Compute Has Saved Us $1.2 Billion  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, at left, discusses the company's infrastructure with Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media yesterday at the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, Calif. (Photo: Colleen Miller)  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Over the last three years …
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 …
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: Forbes and SiliconANGLE
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.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Global Smartphone Shipments Top 1 Billion For The First Time Thanks To Cheap Android Devices, Says IDC  —  The global smartphone market shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time, with Samsung as the leading vendor, according to a new report by research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Gears Up to Expand in Europe  —  Rival Media Companies Race to Grab Subscribers, Program Rights … As streaming-video juggernaut Netflix Inc. plots an expansion in Europe, media companies across the continent are girding for battle.  —  The U.S.-based online video service …
More: The Verge

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