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January 30, 2014, 8:30 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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default  —  Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1.  While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the “Metro” interface at boot …
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 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Facebook, Parse launch code library called Bolts  —  Summary: The Bolts library is available to download and developers can drop the code into projects without a Facebook or Parse account.  —  Facebook and Parse have created a library of low-level code called Bolts for iOS and Android designed …
Brent Dirks / App Advice:
You Can Now Order Food From Local Restaurants With The Foursquare App  —  Foursquare has made it even easier to order food from your favorite restaurant.  —  In a blog post today, the company announced that users can find more than 20,000 GrubHub Seamless restaurants in hundreds of cities across the United States.

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