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January 29, 2014, 10:30 PM

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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.
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) …
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.
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.
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 …
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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
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
New Web addresses now live: .bike, .guru, others now open  —  Remember this day: it's the day the Web started to expand.  As of Wednesday, Internet users can now register addresses in new domain names — the official term for everything that comes right of the dot in a URL.
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 …
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