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February 6, 2014, 7:05 AM

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TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Video Gaming Studio Double Helix Games  —  Amazon has acquired a gaming studio called Double Helix Games, TechCrunch has learned, and Amazon now confirms.  The deal was for both talent and IP, we understand.  Financial terms have not been disclosed.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Twitter Crushes With Q4 Revenue Of $242.7M, But Shows Slow User Growth To 241M Actives  —  After the bell this afternoon, Twitter reported its maiden earnings as a public company, with fourth-quarter revenue of $242.7 million and earnings per share of $0.02 (non-GAAP).
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony to exit VAIO PC business, spin off TV business, cut 5000 jobs worldwide  —  Sony sells its VAIO PC business, makes TV arm its own subsidiary  —  Sony said it was “addressing various options” as recently as yesterday when it came to its VAIO PC and laptop arm, and while announcing …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Apple pulls popular Bitcoin wallet app Blockchain from App Store, used by over a million people  —  Apple Yanks World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet From App Store  —  Apple has removed the world's most popular bitcoin wallet from its App Store.  —  Late Wednesday, the tech giant yanked …
Bloomberg:
HTC Sees New Devices and Fresh Marketing Push Driving Turnaround  —  HTC Corp. (2498) said an updated version of the One smartphone, its first wearable device and a renewed focus on marketing will help turn around the company this year after two straight annual declines in revenue.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
EXCLUSIVE: A look at Samsung's updated S Voice app  —  Samsung adds a multitude of features and services on top of what Google already provides with Android, and we recently offered our readers an exclusive look on updated versions of two of those apps - S Health and WatchON.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google Confirms Susan Wojcicki Is New YouTube Head  —  Susan Wojcicki is Google's new SVP of YouTube, Google confirmed today.  We wrote about the shift last night.  —  Google CEO Larry Page said in an emailed statement, “Salar and the whole YouTube team have built something amazing.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Samsung plans relatively low-key Unpacked 5 event, won't include eye scanner in Galaxy S5  —  Samsung Reins In the Theatrics for Galaxy S5  —  TOKYO — Don't expect a lot of singing and dancing when Samsung Electronics introduces the next generation of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, this month.
Richard Byrne Reilly / VentureBeat:
New York Police Department is beta-testing Google Glass  —  Caption: Google Glass: watching me, watching you.  —  Source: Jolie O'Dell/VentureBeat  —  Google Glass may soon become a favored tool for law enforcement agencies in the United States.  —  The New York City Police Department's massive …
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Possible Belarus connection prompts probe of Healthcare.gov  —  U.S. intelligence community releases, then withdraws, report about programmers in Belarus doing work on Healthcare.gov  —  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched a security probe of Healthcare …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mozilla And EverythingMe Preview “Firefox Launcher”, An Android Homescreen That Fights App Overload  —  Mozilla wants to help you find new apps and rediscover those you downloaded but forgot.  So today it previewed Firefox Launcher for Android, a homescreen replacement powered …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Now Pulls In Almost as Much Revenue as HBO — But HBO Is Far More Profitable  —  Reed Hastings has positioned Netflix as an “Internet TV network,” with HBO among its chief competitors.  —  And now Netflix is almost as big as HBO — at least in terms of topline revenue.
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Amazon's iPhone App Uses Image Recognition to “See” Real-World Products You Want to Buy  —  Among the many things that make Amazon one of the most successful merchants in the history of merchandising is the zeal with which it removes every possible obstacle that might stand in the way of you buying something.

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