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January 29, 2014, 4:05 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
After Google Pressure, Samsung Will Dial Back Android Tweaks, Homegrown Apps  —  In early January, while the rest of the consumer technology world at CES marveled at the sheer size of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy tablet, Google execs were dismayed by what they saw on the screen of the massive 12.1-inch slate …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Gmail bug made some users accidentally delete emails sent between January 12th to 21st  —  Gmail bug made some users accidentally delete emails  —  A recent bug in Gmail resulted in some users accidentally deleting emails and reporting others as spam when applying those actions to other messages.
Stephen Lam / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google close to settling EU antitrust investigation - sources  —  (Reuters) - Google and EU regulators are close to settling a three-year antitrust investigation into the company's suspected anti-competitive behaviour after it offered improved concessions to allay competition concerns, two sources said on Thursday.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Court: Google infringed patents, must pay 1.36 percent of AdWords revenue  —  Vringo is a tiny company that purchased some patents from Lycos, an old search engine, in 2011 and then used those patents to sue Google.  In December 2012, Vringo won $30 million in a jury trial …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Skeptical on Sprint's Possible T-Mobile Deal  —  Justice Officials Met With Directors Son and Hesse, Signaled Dim View Toward a Merger  —  Sprint Corp. board members Masayoshi Son and Dan Hesse met recently with Justice Department officials who said they would view a Sprint acquisition …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Twitter partners with CNN on “Dataminr for News” system that alerts journalists to breaking news  —  CNN announces partnership with Twitter to ‘revolutionize’ news gathering  —  Taking the flood of public information on Twitter and mining it for breaking news insights
Steven Musil / CNET:
Obama proposes creation of six new tech manufacturing hubs  —  President Obama made a push for an expanded high-tech manufacturing base in the US during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, proposing the creation of six new high-tech manufacturing hubs in the US this year.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
After Pledging A “Better Evernote”, Evernote Updates Data Sync, Now 4X Faster  —  Earlier this month, Evernote — the note-taking app with some 80 million users and over $250 million in funding — took a humble pill after former TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid slammed the company for letting …
Reuters:
Qualcomm faces record fine exceeding $1 billion in Chinese antitrust probe  —  Qualcomm faces prospect of record antitrust fines in China  —  (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc, the world's biggest cellphone chip maker, may be hit with a record fine exceeding $1 billion in a Chinese antitrust probe …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nintendo makes profit on 1.95 million Wii U sales, but predicts dire final quarter  —  Nintendo made an operating profit of ¥21.7 billion ($210 million) in its crucial fiscal third quarter as the Wii U picked up sales over the holiday shopping period.  Net income was ¥9.6 billion ($93 million).
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung devours over 60 Carphone Warehouse stores in major European push  —  Samsung is literally taking over the phone industry  —  60 Carphone Warehouse stores across Western European will be converted to dedicated Samsung outlets, according to a press release from the two companies.
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.
Joab Jackson / PC World:
Lavabit case highlights legal fuzziness around encryption rules  —  While privacy advocates may see Lavabit as bravely defending U.S. privacy rights in the online world, federal judges hearing its appeal of contempt-of-court charges seem to regard the now defunct encrypted email service …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Verizon LTE now available in 35 NYC subway stations  —  Many commuters around the world take underground connectivity for granted at this point, but New Yorkers are still disconnected more often than not while riding the subway, or even just waiting for a train.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Ensighten raises $40M to take on Adobe and Salesforce, redefine the marketing cloud  —  If Series A rounds are meant to prove out a business model and Series B rounds are meant to scale it, then enterprise data and tag management startup Ensighten is poised to get much, much bigger.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Twitter.com gets new search filters for news, videos, and people you follow  —  The Web version of Twitter has new search filters that let you restrict your searches to photos, videos, news, people you follow, and nearby locations.  —  The ability to limit a search to only people you follow …
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John E Dunn / Techworld:
Data centres now ‘magnets’ for DDoS attacks, says Arbor report  —  Bigger, badder but also sneakier  —  Data centres have become “magnets” for DDoS attacks with many recording a marked rise in incidents during 2013, Arbor Networks' latest Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report has found.

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