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February 4, 2014, 7:30 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.
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.
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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires sleep research expert Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips for iWatch team  —  Joining a longlist of Apple executives and new hires thought to be working on Apple's highly anticipated iWatch project, the company has recently picked up Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research …
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?
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.
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 …
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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Microsoft:
Eye Gaze hackathon team helps Steve Gleason operate his wheelchair — using his eyes  —  The team devises a way to use a Kinect sensor, Microsoft robotics research and eye-tracking technology on Surface Pro 3 to navigate the wheelchair.
HP:
To Handle the Big Data Deluge, HP Plots a Giant Leap Forward  —  In 1965, Gordon E. Moore published the now-famous prediction that computer processors would double in power every two years.
VMware:
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