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February 5, 2014, 4:20 AM

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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.
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 …
NBC News:
Secret British spy unit mounted cyberattacks against Anonymous and LulzSec, Snowden docs show  —  War on Anonymous: British Spies Attacked Hackers, Snowden Docs Show  —  A secret British spy unit created to mount cyber attacks on Britain's enemies has waged war on the hacktivists of Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documen...
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: @lukew, @pumpkin and @inspireux
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
‘It Was Just the Dumbest Luck’ — Facebook's First Employees Look Back  —  Dustin Moskovitz thought he might go to business school.  Or graduate school.  Maybe he would work in technology.  Mostly he just wanted to graduate.  —  It was early 2004 and Moskovitz was in his second year at Harvard …
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 …
Ryan Huang / ZDNet:
HTC to redesign phones after losing Nokia patent suit  —  Summary: Some handsets will be modified to sidestep a German court ruling, in order to minimize disruption to customers while it appeals against the decision.  —  HTC will redesign some of its smartphones after losing a court ruling …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
New Google Chrome feature warns users when browser has been hijacked  —  Google engineers have added a new feature to the Chrome browser that automatically warns users when browsing settings have been altered by malicious software.  —  The new protection was unveiled in a blog post published Friday …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Microsoft Injects $15M Into Foursquare, Strikes Licensing Deal For Location Data  —  The announcement of Satya Nadella as Microsoft's new CEO isn't the only big news out of the company this week.  —  Today, the company announced a $15 million strategic investment in Foursquare …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Experts refute Verizon's claim that NSA can't grab non-U.S. data  —  Summary: What Verizon says and does appears to be in conflict, according to privacy specialists, legal experts, and academics, who argue the U.S. government can demand foreign data held by American telecom and technology companies.
More: Verizon Public PolicyTweets: @jamesrbukThanks:@zackwhittaker
TechCrunch:
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 sources that Sequoia is in the round.  —  The WSJ reported recently that Flipagram …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 27 arrives with simultaneous Social API services, SPDY 3.1 support, and more languages on Android  —  Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 27 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  Additions include Simultaneous Social API notifications, SPDY 3.1 support, and more languages on Android.
Nikkei Asian Review:
Sony looking to sell PC business to investment fund  —  TOKYO — Sony is in talks to unload its sluggish personal computer operations to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners, part of a business overhaul designed to shift focus to smartphones, The Nikkei learned Tuesday.
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.

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Microsoft:
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Zoho:
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Pure Storage:
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