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January 31, 2014, 11:50 AM

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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 …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Nest Team Will Become Google's Core Hardware Group  —  Google today sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.  While many speculated that Google would release phones after it bought Motorola in 2011, it didn't happen — Motorola remained a partner like other Android OEMs.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Lenovo CEO on Apple, Samsung: ‘Our mission is to surpass them’  —  In an interview with Fortune, Yuanqing Yang says that his company seeks to replicate its ThinkPad success with Motorola.  —  FORTUNE — Fresh from signing a $2.91 billion deal with Larry Page to acquire Google's Motorola unit …
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 …
CBC News:
Snowden documents reveal Canadian spy agency used airport Wi-Fi to track passengers “for days after they left the terminal”  —  Canadian spy agency used airport Wi-Fi to track passengers for days after they left the terminal  —  Electronic snooping was part of a trial run for U.S. NSA and other foreign services
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.
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.
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Yahoo to Donna Users: We're Dispensing With Your Indispensable App  —  Incredible Labs — the company behind smart-calendar app Donna — is being acquired by Yahoo.  The app is being shut down, and most of the folks who worked on it will join the Yahoo Mail team.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Revenue and Profit Rise at Google, but Mobile Struggles Continue  —  SAN FRANCISCO — There is no denying that Google has become a mobile company.  Now, Google — along with shareholders, industry partners and advertisers — is trying to figure out what that means.
More: Reuters
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.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Nintendo offers a vague, confusing, unfocused vision for its future  —  The briefings Nintendo gives following its quarterly earnings results are usually relatively dry affairs, filled with charts of worldwide gaming hardware breakdowns and canned enthusiasm about upcoming game releases.
Associated Press:
Google's first-ever stock split scheduled for April 2  —  Google poised to execute long-delayed stock split  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google is finally ready to split its stock for the first time, more than three years after co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin began discussing a move engineered …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Salesforce CEO Benioff on How to Fix San Francisco  —  These days, you could call Marc Benioff a kind of anti-Tom Perkins.  —  The billionaire head of Salesforce.com doesn't have anything personal against the co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  But he adamantly disagrees with Perkins' recent defense of the tech elite.
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