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January 30, 2014, 7:45 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.
Google:
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) …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Google Keeps ‘Vast Majority’ Of Motorola Mobility Patents In Sale To Lenovo  —  Motorola Mobility is being sold to Lenovo, in a deal worth $2.91B.  Google is divesting itself of the handset division it purchased for $12.5B in 2011, but it will keep some of the assets — including patents.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lenovo Explains Its $2.9 Billion Motorola Deal  —  Google is swallowing a big loss in selling Motorola for $2.9 billion and Lenovo is taking a big risk in acquiring an iconic but troubled brand.  —  So why are they doing it?  —  We think we know why Google is selling.
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 …
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.
More: The Verge
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.
More: Softpedia NewsThanks:@srikardr
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.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Why Hasn't Twitter Just Given @N His Name Back?  —  Yesterday Naoki Hiroshima, an Echofon developer, posted an article about how he lost his extremely short Twitter handle @N in an extortion scheme.  Hackers compromised his GoDaddy account with social engineering (calling and lying to an account rep) …
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 …
Facebook:
Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2013 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013.  —  “It was a great end to the year for Facebook,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings World's Fastest Texting to Windows Phone 8.1  —  Gaurav Sharma appeared relaxed but focused in his purple hoodie on Jan. 16, 2014.  Less than 20 seconds later, Sharma, a 15-year-old …
Atlassian:
Every team needs kick-ass code reviews  —  Code reviews help spread knowledge and coding best practices throughout a team.  In this article we'll take a look at why code reviews are important, and how to optimize the practice.
Zoho Blogs:
2 Ways Live Chat Can Enhance Your Customer Service  —  Landing a new customer is 5x more expensive than keeping an existing customer.  How do we keep our customers happy?  By providing outstanding support.
Silicon Valley Bank:
SVB's Halo Report shares angel investment activity for 2013  —  The 2013 Halo Report finds angel investment activity on the rise with more high-valuation deals closed in 2013 than in 2012.
 

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