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January 29, 2014, 11:50 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.
Tom Krazit / Gigaom:
With Motorola sale and Samsung peace, Google finds practical exit to an unconventional (and expensive) deal  —  In the nearly ten years Google has been a public company, it has been defined by a curious mixture of ambition, futurism, and unpredictability.  This week, Google showed that it also knows when to move on.
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.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Flat Sales of Wii U Put Nintendo in Hot Seat  —  TOKYO — Nintendo said Wednesday that poor sales of the Wii U game console had caused a big drop in revenue in the first nine months of its financial year, adding pressure on the company to execute a strategic U-turn.
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.
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.
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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