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February 5, 2014, 11:55 PM

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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).
Steve Hargreaves / CNN Money:
Twitter forecasts slowing sales and user growth  —  Twitter reported strong sales in its first financial report since going public last year, but the stock fell in after hours trade on a disappointing outlook.  —  The social network reported sales of $243 million in the fourth quarter, up 116% from the same time last year.
Tweets: @cnnmoney
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.
Bloomberg:
Facing 228 unresolved patent claims, Apple joins Google in asking Supreme Court to curb patent abuse  —  Apple Joins Google in Pressing Court to Curb Patent Abuse  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG), saying they're tired of being slapped with frivolous patent suits that cost millions …
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.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
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 the Blockchain app from the popular mobile app marketplace and did not provide a specific reason, says Nicolas Cary, the CEO of Blockchain.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 now looking like April  —  Summary: Microsoft's new ship target for its coming Windows 8.1 Update 1 may have shifted from March to April, according to sources.  —  I've heard from two of my sources in the past week that Microsoft's ship target for Windows 8.1 Update 1 has shifted from March 2014 to April 2014.
Marco Kaye / McSweeney's Internet Tendency:
Son, It's Time We Talk About Where Start-Ups Come From  —  Hey there, I'm glad we're watching CNBC together.  Don't those Silicon Valley entrepreneurs look awful young?  Especially that main one ringing the NASDAQ bell, with the spiky hair and shifty eyes?
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 …
More: Ubergizmo, 9to5Google and SlashGearTweets: @digiphile
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Lays Foundation for Giant Video Advertising Business  —  In many ways, Amazon's advertising business still remains a mystery.  The company doesn't break out the size of it in its earning reports, and Amazon exec presentations on it at industry events are often low on details.
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.
More: Digits
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.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:

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