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February 4, 2014, 7:50 PM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Microsoft Board Names Satya Nadella as CEO  —  Bill Gates steps up to new role as Technology Advisor; John Thompson assumes role as Chairman of Board of Directors.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member …
Microsoft Corporation:
Satya Nadella email to employees on first day as CEO  —  Today is a very humbling day for me.  It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago.  Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work.  I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
With Nadella's Appointment, The “Search CEOs” Now Run Google, Yahoo & Microsoft  —  Satya Nadella being named CEO of Microsoft isn't just big news for Microsoft.  It's big news for search.  For the first time in ages, the three major search companies in the US are all run by CEOs who either came …
More: Search Engine WatchTweets: @bill_gross and @pmarca
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Today is Facebook's 10th anniversary.  —  It's been an amazing journey so far, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it.  It's rare to be able to touch so many people's lives, and I try to remind myself to make the most of every day and have the biggest impact I can.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook celebrates 10-year anniversary with personalized ‘Look Back’ videos just for you  —  As Mark Zuckerberg reflects upon Facebook's first ten years as a company today, he's encouraging the community he built to do the same.  Starting this morning, hundreds of millions of Facebook users …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
FiftyThree Files Trademark For “Paper”  —  Yesterday, as Facebook launched its news reader app Paper, design-focused startup FiftyThree called out Facebook publicly for using their brand name.  Facebook declined to change the name of their brand new reader app.  —  But FiftyThree has taken action to protect its brand name.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube founders' startup Avos is laying off 80% of staff & killing video app Mixbit  —  Avos Systems, the company created by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, is laying off a significant portion of its workforce, sources close to the company told VentureBeat.
More: Gigaom, The Next Web and ValleywagThanks:@tched
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
North Korea goes OSX-like with new operating system  —  The latest version of the software dumps a Windows-like interface for a Mac-style desktop  —  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, might the folks in Cupertino be pleased when they see the latest version of North Korea's home-grown operating system?
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
RadioShack to Close About 500 Stores Within Months—Sources  —  Electronics Retailer, Advisers Continue to Work on Restructuring  —  RadioShack Corp. is planning to close around 500 stores in the coming months as the electronics retailer continues working with advisers to restructure the company …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Apple and Microsoft join US carriers in $750 million commitment to education  —  iPads, MacBooks, Windows 2-in-1s, teacher training, and wireless broadband have all been promised as part of a wide-ranging commitment from US companies to support Barack Obama's ConnectED plan.
TechCrunch:
Source: Flipagram Raising $50-$60M At A $300M Valuation From Sequoia  —  Buzzy mobile video app Flipagram is raising $50 to $60 million in funding at a $300 million valuation.  We're hearing from a source that Sequoia is in the round.  —  The WSJ reported recently that Flipagram …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Facebook releases “Conceal,” a lightweight tool to make Android apps safer  —  Writing secure crypto apps is hard.  Facebook hopes to make it easier.  —  Producing secure cryptographic code has never been easy, especially for developers cranking out smartphone apps on tight deadlines.
Washington Post:
Senate cybersecurity report finds agencies often fail to take basic preventive measures  —  The message broadcast in several states last winter was equal parts alarming and absurd: “Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. .
Shane Cole / AppleInsider:
Flash flaw could allow attackers to remotely control Macs and PCs, Adobe issues critical update  —  Adobe on Tuesday released a security update for their Flash Player to address a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to remotely take control of users' computers, an exploit that the company says has been documented in the wild.

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