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January 31, 2014, 5:05 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Brad Reed / BGR:
On BlackBerry 10′s 1st anniversary, BlackBerry's U.S. market share hits 0%  —  BlackBerry has become the Bluto Blutarsky of the American smartphone market because, as Dean Wormer once said to Bluto, its market share is now “zero... point... zero.”  Consumer Intelligence Research Partners …
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 …
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.
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.
Lily Hay Newman / Slate:
Game Developers Are Trolling the Makers of Candy Crush With Other “Candy” Games  —  What if a game developer was so concerned about protecting its viral iOS hit that it trademarked the word candy in Europe, and then succeeded in getting Apple to enforce the trademark?
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Coupons.com Files For $100M IPO On The NYSE, Trading As Coup  —  The march of the 2014 initial public offerings commences, with the latest one of the oldest brands on the internet.  Coupons.com has just filed papers with the SEC for an IPO on the NYSE, trading under the name COUP, and raising $100 million.
Mark Ward / BBC:
UK government moves to unblock websites wrongly censored by adult filter  —  UK government tackles wrongly-blocked websites  —  Net filters that are supposed to prevent children from inappropriate material have blocked access to educational and charity sites
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 …

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