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February 4, 2014, 1:50 AM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Facebook proceeds with Paper launch after FiftyThree, makers of Paper drawing app requested a name change  —  Makers of Paper App Ask Facebook to Change Its New App Name  —  If you go to Google and type in the word “paper,” the top result doesn't have anything to do with traditional pulpy vellum.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Paper Now Available For iOS In The US, And It Could Be A Facebook Replacement  —  Facebook's new standalone app Paper is now available for download on iOS to everyone in the US, and it's more than just a content reader.  Paper has messages, notifications, search, and a completely redesigned profile.
Richard Salgado / The Official Google Blog:
With inclusion of FISA requests, Google's transparency report now contains all types of government requests for users' information  —  Shedding some light on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests  —  We believe the public deserves to know the full extent to which governments request user information from Google.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Scott Knaster / Google Developers Blog:
Ready to cast: Chromecast now open to developers with the Google Cast SDK  —  Back in July we announced the developer preview of the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK), the underlying Chromecast technology that enables multi-screen experiences across mobile devices (phones, tablet, laptops) and large-screen displays.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaks on the web ahead of its March release  —  Microsoft's first update to Windows 8.1 has leaked today on various file sharing websites ahead of its March debut.  The early build includes a number of changes that Microsoft is making to improve the keyboard and mouse experience in Windows 8.1.
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Apple Building Out Their Own CDN To Deliver Content To Consumers  —  Over the past year, there has been speculation of when or if Apple would build out their own content delivery network for the purpose of delivering content to consumers.  To date, all of the CDN deployments done by Apple …
Associated Press:
Google barge must move from island construction site in San Francisco Bay, state orders  —  A state agency says Google must move its mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order.
Travis Skare / Google Chrome Blog:
Google Now notifications arrive in Chrome beta for Mac, Windows, and Chromebook computers  —  Get notifications from Google Now in Chrome  —  Your friend Steve's flight from New York is delayed by an hour.  Your favorite soccer team is up by one point with two minutes left.  Your Chromecast has just shipped.
Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Adobe to Require New Epub DRM in July, Expects to Abandon Existing Users  —  When Adobe announced their new DRM a couple weeks ago some said that we would soon see compatibility issues with older devices and apps as Adobe forced everyone to upgrade.  —  At that time I didn't think Adobe …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon and Uber Founder Garrett Camp Is Raising $75 Million For Company-Building Venture Expa  —  Garrett Camp, co-founder of both StumbleUpon and Uber, is looking for help in funding his new company-building venture Expa.  According to an SEC filing, Camp is looking to raise up to $75 million …
Jacob Kleinman / TechnoBuffalo:
AT&T Ends $450 Offer to Switch From T-Mobile  —  AT&T is no longer offering a full $450 in credit when you switch over from T-Mobile, a point T-Mobile CEO John Legere made on Twitter today. … TechnoBuffalo reached out to AT&T for an explanation and a spokesperson said that the offer …
More: GeekWire, Digits, Re/code and CNETTweets: @johnlegere
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Tab Pro Series Coming to U.S. February 13  —  Just in time for Valentine's Day, Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro tablets will be available starting Feb. 13 in the U.S.  —  First introduced at CES, there are four models in the series.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube reveals $1bn music payouts, but some labels still unhappy  —  Google's Video service may be ‘all-in on music’, but rightsholder unrest at its parent company persists  —  'We've paid out to the music industry over the last several years over a billion dollars,' said YouTube's Tom Pickett.
Tammy Parker / FierceWireless:
AT&T system would restrict content access, charge fees to prevent ‘bandwidth abuse’  —  AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) has developed an application-aware system designed to restrict customers from engaging in “non-permissible” bandwidth-intensive activities such as file sharing or movie downloading.
More: ReadWriteTweets: @qthrul

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