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February 4, 2014, 9:05 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.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
YouTube co-founder: Mixbit isn't shutting down  —  YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley denied reports Tuesday that his video remix platform Mixbit is shutting down.  Hurley took to Twitter to contradict a VentureBeat article that claimed MixBit was about to fold:
More: The Next WebTweets: @chad_hurley
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 …
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.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Meet the Asus Chromebox, a $179 fanless mini-desktop  —  Asus' new Chromebox is a nice step up from Samsung's model.  —  Asus  —  Google's Chrome OS continues to show up on more and more devices, and while the majority of them are laptops, it looks like desktop users are going to have quite a few options as well.
Scott Hurff:
More screen space for story navigation could eliminate Facebook Paper's uncomfortable swipes  —  Facebook Paper's gestural hell  —  Facebook's release of Paper yesterday on the App Store breaks a string of uninspired releases outside of Instagram, and has many believing it's a glimpse into the future of mobile interaction.
Tweets: @inspireux, @pumpkin and @lukew
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.
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. .
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google's Schmidt gets second $100 million stock award  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will be awarded $100 million in restricted stock units, the company said on Tuesday, marking the second time in less than three years that the Internet company's former chief executive officer …

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