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February 4, 2014, 1:00 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.
Bloomberg:
Thompson Replacing Gates as Microsoft Chairman in Revamp  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said John Thompson will take over as chairman, replacing Bill Gates to oversee the company's transition to devices and Web-based computing as the personal-computer market shrinks.
More: ZDNet and Bloomberg
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Ready for Their Close-Ups: Nadella, Gates, Ballmer and Thompson Do YouTube on CEO Pick (Video)  —  Microsoft PR head Frank Shaw is putting on the dog with this CEO announcement.  —  Besides the hipster hoodie on new leader Satya Nadella, here are four videos he seems to have produced …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
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.
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?
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 …
Erica Klarreich / Wired:
Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable  —  As a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, Amit Sahai was fascinated by the strange notion of a “zero-knowledge” proof, a type of mathematical protocol for convincing someone that something …
More: ExtremeTechTweets: @glynmoody and @glynmoody
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.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Microsoft Injects $15M Into Foursquare, Strikes Licensing Deal For Location Data  —  The big news from Microsoft this week isn't only about its new CEO Satya Nadella.  —  Today, the company announced that it has made a $15 million strategic investment in Foursquare, the New York-based startup focused …
More: Digits and The Next WebThanks:@austincarr
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Microsoft's Kinect Is Now Guarding the Korean Border  —  North Korea and South Korea are separated by the most heavily armed border on Earth.  But rest easy, there's a new guard on the lookout: Kinect.  —  Self-taught South Korean programmer Jae Kwan Ko developed a Kinect-based software system …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google and Cisco enter cross-license deal, call for end to patent trolling  —  Google and Cisco on Tuesday announced a long-term agreement in which they will license each other's patents as part of a larger effort to curtail nuisance patent lawsuits.  The companies did not specify how many patents …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Dogecoin to allow annual inflation of 5 billion coins each year, forever  —  BitBurgers is one of the few businesses that accepts Dogecoin.  —  Cory Doctorow  —  For the last two months, developers and users of Dogecoin, the shiba-themed altcoin (alternative Bitcoin) …

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