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February 5, 2014, 1:50 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.
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: @pmarca and @bill_gross
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...
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 …
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: @pumpkin, @inspireux and @lukew
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 …
More: The Verge and TechSpotThanks:@sfiegerman
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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Intel:
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