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January 29, 2014, 5:05 AM

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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.
Naoki Hiroshima / Medium:
How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username  —  A story of how PayPal and GoDaddy allowed the attack and caused me to lose my $50,000 Twitter username.  —  My $50,000 Twitter Username Was Stolen Thanks to PayPal and GoDaddy  —  I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter.
Alexandra Chang / Popular Mechanics:
New 3D Printer by MarkForged Can Print With Carbon Fiber  —  Looking for a better way to make racecar parts, Gregory Mark invents a 3D printer that can print in tough, lightweight carbon fiber, the first of its kind.  —  Gregory Mark co-owns Aeromotions, which builds computer-controlled racecar wings.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.

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