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February 3, 2014, 9:35 PM

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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Facebook declines to change name of Paper news app at the request of FiftyThree, maker of iPad drawing app Paper  —  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.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
This just in: Paper is the best Facebook app ever  —  With 1.25 billion users, can Facebook still think small?  —  After a long succession of mobile mishaps, he has delivered the portable Facebook app I've always wanted... and there's hardly any evidence that Paper is a Facebook product.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Gates Seen Taking Bigger Products Role at Microsoft  —  Even as Bill Gates weighs giving up his title of chairman of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), he's poised to remain involved at the company he co-founded in an area of its deepest need: crafting must-have products.
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung stumbles in bid to challenge Apple and Google with mobile OS  —  Telecoms Balk at Korean Firm's New Tizen Mobile OS  —  SEOUL—An ambitious effort by Samsung Electronics Co. to roll out smartphones powered by a new operating system is on shaky ground.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Passengers win ruling in fight over Gogo's in-flight Wi-Fi “monopoly”  —  A federal judge has refused to throw out a class action complaint by air travelers who claim that in-flight internet provider Gogo is violating antitrust laws through its long-term contracts with major airlines.

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