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February 1, 2014, 9:30 AM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
“Healthbook” app managing fitness and health data may come preinstalled with iOS 8, integrate with iWatch  —  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.
NYT Bits:
Apple Executives Met With F.D.A. to Discuss Mobile Medical Applications  —  Apple has signaled strong interest in health-monitoring technology, which could wind up in a widely anticipated smartwatch.  —  A group of senior Apple executives met with directors at the United States Food …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Pebble appstore to debut Monday February 3rd  —  Pebble will launch its appstore on Monday, January 3rd, the smartwatch company has announced today.  The download store, which we tried in beta with the new Pebble Steel, will go live at 10AM PT, and give Pebble's growing developer community …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco  —  Peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace Airbnb has been focused on finding ways that it can help its hosts improve the quality of experience for guests that stay in their homes.  As part of this effort …
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 …
Reuters:
Facebook looks to nab Twitter's ‘second screen’ crown in Super Bowl  —  (Reuters) - More than 100 million people will be glued to their TV screens on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in America's premier sporting contest, the Super Bowl.
Paul Graham / Y Combinator Posthaven:
YC disallows early investments by its partners in companies it funds to avoid bad signaling  —  New YC Partner Investment Policy  —  As of this batch we're introducing a new policy for investments by YC partners in the companies we fund.  —  YC partners have invested in the startups we fund since the first batch.
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.

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Microsoft:
Changing the world, 1 billion sensors at a time  —  What would you do if you had a billion sensors?  Design students around the world tackled that question at Design Expo.  Take a look at some of the fascinating projects …
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