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January 29, 2014, 7:50 PM

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Google:
Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion  —  Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google  —  Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Mountain View, California - January 29, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) …
Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
Google CEO: Motorola to be better served at Lenovo, which is “all-in” on making mobile devices  —  Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility  —  We've just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.  As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, I wanted to explain why in detail.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Google Keeps ‘Vast Majority’ Of Motorola Mobility Patents In Sale To Lenovo  —  Motorola Mobility is being sold to Lenovo, in a deal worth $2.91B.  Google is divesting itself of the handset division it purchased for $12.5B in 2011, but it will keep some of the assets — including patents.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lenovo Explains Its $2.9 Billion Motorola Deal  —  Google is swallowing a big loss in selling Motorola for $2.9 billion and Lenovo is taking a big risk in acquiring an iconic but troubled brand.  —  So why are they doing it?  —  We think we know why Google is selling.
More: TechSpot and Droid Life
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 …
Facebook:
Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.  —  “It was a great end to the year for Facebook,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Officially A Mobile Ad Firm With 53% Of Ad Revenue Now Coming From Its 945M Mobile Users  —  Linode Moves From Monthly To Metered Billing  —  Facebook hit a major milestone with today's Q4 2013 earnings as it crossed the halfway point and now earns 53% of ad revenue from mobile …
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
California regulator tells unapproved coding bootcamps to “seek compliance or be shut down”  —  California regulator seeks to shut down ‘learn to code’ bootcamps  —  Caption: Hackbright Academy and others face hefty fines if they don't comply with regulators
More: O'ReillyTweets: @brezinaThanks:@chrissyfarr
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Why Hasn't Twitter Just Given @N His Name Back?  —  Yesterday Naoki Hiroshima, an Echofon developer, posted an article about how he lost his extremely short Twitter handle @N in an extortion scheme.  Hackers compromised his GoDaddy account with social engineering (calling and lying to an account rep) …
Naoki Hiroshima / Medium:
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon to Offer Kindle Checkout System to Physical Retailers  —  Project Would Give E-Commerce Firm Access to More Customer Data  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans to offer brick-and-mortar retailers a checkout system that uses Kindle tablets as soon as this summer, people briefed on the company's plans said.
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
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Redesigns Stock Quotes Widget, Removes Links To Competitors  —  Stock quotes were among the first things Google added to its search results pages when it launched “universal search” back in 2007.  Since then, its stock quotes widget has gone through a few iterations and today …
TMZ:
Prince Drops $22 Million Lawsuit Against Alleged Music Bootleggers  —  DROPS $22 MILLION LAWSUIT  —  Against Alleged Music Bootleggers [Update]  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Call him the artist formerly known as “Plaintiff” ... 'cause TMZ has learned Prince has officially DROPPED his $22 MILLION lawsuit against 22 …
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
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