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January 31, 2014, 7:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking  —  Apple has its sights set on another industry ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness world.  Apple currently plans to release a new version of the iPhone operating system this year with health …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Microsoft board set to meet this weekend, CEO choice coming next week  —  Microsoft Board Set to Meet This Weekend — Just Not During Super Bowl — With CEO Choice Coming Next Week  —  According to numerous sources, the board of Microsoft will be meeting sometime this weekend to begin …
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Nadella in contract talks with Microsoft board, asks Gates to assist with technology, strategy  —  Satya Nadella in Contract Talks With Microsoft Board  —  CEO Appointment Could Lead to a New Role for Bill Gates  —  Microsoft Corp.'s board is in contract negotiations with veteran executive Satya Nadella …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Aereo Is Out of Capacity in New York City  —  Last night I started tinkering with a new Roku 3 and Plex, a combination that's delivering a lot of surprisingly impressive (to me, anyway) functionality promised but not delivered by more expensive devices like Microsoft's Xbox One.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Mayer is working to bring back search technology to Yahoo, ending reliance on Microsoft  —  With “Fast Break” and “Curveball,” Mayer Is Aiming to Bring Back Search Tech to Yahoo  —  According to numerous sources inside Yahoo, CEO Marissa Mayer has ordered up two under-the-radar initiatives …
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.
Re/code:
Mockup by commerce site Fancy for Twitter shows ability to make purchases from tweets  —  Is This What Twitter Commerce Will Look Like?  —  Twitter is getting serious about commerce on its service.  So much so, that it looks as if soon you'll be able to buy goods for sale directly from a tweet.
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Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook now lets advertisers target users based on purchases in retail stores  —  Facebook Uses Data to Charm Advertisers  —  Facebook Refined its Tools that Allow Advertisers to Target Users Based on Spending Habits in Brick and Mortar Stores  —  To make the journey from underachiever …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Exclusive: Wayfair raises around $150 million in funding  —  (Reuters) - Wayfair, the online home-furnishings site, is raising around $150 million at a valuation of around $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter, underscoring the appeal of select online retailers.
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Over 900 IBM Patents Following Infringement Claim, Enters Cross-Licensing Agreement  —  Twitter announced today that it has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, and that it has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with the Internet services and software company.

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