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January 30, 2014, 6:45 PM

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Bloomberg:
Microsoft's board preparing to make Satya Nadella CEO, may replace Gates as chairman  —  Microsoft Said to Be Preparing to Make Satya Nadella CEO  —  Microsoft Corp.'s board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Microsoft may pick new CEO in upcoming week, VP of Cloud and Enterprise Satya Nadella 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.
Google:
Google Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.  —  “We ended 2013 with another great quarter of momentum and growth.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 20% to $25.59 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.  —  Operating cash flow increased 31% to $5.47 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Amazon considering $20 to $40 price hike for Prime service in US  —  Amazon today said it's “considering” raising the price of its $79 a year Prime service to customers in the US by another $20 to $40.  The possible increase, which has not been finalized, was announced during the company's fourth quarter earnings call with analysts.
More: CNET and Fortune
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Paper, Facebook's new app for browsing and creating stories, will launch Feb. 3 for US iPhones  —  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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
With Paper, Facebook just blew its own iPhone app out of the water  —  This morning, Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper.  Contrary to earlier rumors, it's much more than just a news reading app — it's a complete reimagining of Facebook itself.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys NaturalMotion For $527M, Signaling A New Tack For The Gaming Giant  —  Zynga has long been famous (or infamous?) for its data-driven approach to game design.  The company never focused on building strong character IP, or intellectual property, in favor of releasing games that had been thoroughly funnel-tested.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Lays Off 314 Employees, Or 15% Of Its Workforce  —  Paired with the news of a big half-billion-dollar acquisition, Zynga is also laying off about 15 percent of its workforce, or about 314 employees.  —  This is part of a cost-reduction plan that is supposed to generate $33 million …
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.
Mark DeCambre / Quartz:
Box has secretly filed for an IPO  —  Box, the online storage company, has secretly filed paperwork for an initial public offering, according to a source.  —  That means Box could start trading as a public company before its chief rival, Dropbox.  Both are among the most anticipated tech IPOs of this year.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
PayPal Wants Role in Apple's Mobile Payments Dreams  —  Apple may finally appear serious about facilitating the purchase of physical products in retail stores through its devices — and that has gotten the attention of at least one potential major competitor.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Incredible Labs Acquired By Yahoo, Mobile Assistant App Donna To Be Shut Down  —  Incredible Labs, the startup behind mobile personal assistant app Donna, has been acqui-hired.  Five of the seven members of the team will join Yahoo, and Donna will be shut down.
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Michael Arrington is raising another CrunchFund  —  CrunchFund II already has held a first close.  —  FORTUNE — Last spring we wondered about the future of CrunchFund, the early-stage venture capital firm led by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington: … Seems we were right.
More: TechCrunch

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