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January 30, 2014, 11:15 AM

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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.
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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) …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Google to keep Motorola's Advanced Technology group, including Project Ara modular phone  —  The best part of Motorola is moving to the Android team  —  Google's blockbuster $2.9 billion of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo won't include the Advanced Technology and Projects group led …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple aggressively pushing to take Arizona sapphire plant live in February for ‘critical’ product component  —  In November of last year, Apple announced that it would be opening up a new manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona.  Since that time, little information has come out about the plant except …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Microsoft may select new CEO next week, Satya Nadella Exec VP Cloud and Enterprise, most likely candidate  —  Now at 160 Days, Microsoft CEO Search Could Be Nearing Its End With Insiders on Inside Track  —  According to numerous sources close to Microsoft, the selection of a new CEO could happen within the next week.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Meet “Paper,” Facebook's New Answer For Browsing — and Creating — Mobile Media  —  Facebook wants to be a newspaper.  And it wants you to be writing some of its best stories.  —  To that end, the social giant announced on Thursday it will soon launch Paper, a mobile application …
Businessweek:
Facebook Turns 10: The Mark Zuckerberg Interview  —  Mark Zuckerberg doesn't usually observe sentimental anniversaries.  This year he's confronted by three of them.  On Feb. 4, Facebook (FB), the company he co-founded in a Harvard University dorm, turns 10 years old.  The prodigy himself turns 30 in May.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
SwiftKey gets its predictive keyboard onto iOS, with a little help from Evernote  —  The popular Android keyboard arrives on iPhone and iPad  —  Three and a half years after launching on Android, SwiftKey's popular predictive-software keyboard has finally come to iOS. iPhone and iPad users …
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 …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
The PC may be dying, but tablet growth is slowing as consumer saturation sets in  —  Summary: If you thought the tablet was the savior to the ailing PC market, we may need a better alternative if the latest tablet growth forecasts are to be believed.  —  Zack Whittaker
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Include Peer-to-Peer Payments In Its “Real World” PayPal Competitor  —  Earlier today, the WSJ published a report on how Amazon is building a Kindle-based point-of-sale payments service for local merchants using technology it picked up via its Gopago acquisition -something we actually reported on back in December.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Nintendo plans non-wearable health products, still has no interest in smartphone gaming  —  Nintendo has again confirmed today that it won't introduce its games to smartphones and tablets, however, company President Satoru Iwata did reveal plans to introduce non-wearable technology that monitors users' health.
David Kravets / Wired:
Obama Stays Silent on Reform of NSA's Crypto Subversion  —  President Barack Obama in his State of the Union on Tuesday failed to address an issue that affects everyone on the internet — the NSA's subversion of cryptographic standards and technologies.  —  Privacy advocates and business interests …

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