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January 29, 2014, 6:25 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.
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.
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Here Come the Google Glass Videogames (Video)  —  Games are a rapidly growing category on Android, with the top 200 games on Google Play grossing some $12 million per day worldwide, according to Distimo.  —  Now, here come the inevitable games for one of Google's much more niche projects, the Google Glass smart glasses.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Has Closed The Tomfoolery Acquisition, Will Shut Down Anchor, Team To Work For Bonforte  —  We now have more details about the deal between Yahoo and Tomfoolery, an enterprise app studio co-founded by ex-Yahoo and ex-AOL alums, which we and others have reported is getting acquired by Yahoo.
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 …
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Lenovo to Reorganize Into Four Business Groups  —  New Structure to Consist of PC, Mobile, Enterprise, and ‘Ecosystem and Cloud’  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. on Tuesday said it would shuffle its structure to create four business groups instead of the current two, as the Chinese personal-computer maker tries …
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.

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Atlassian:
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