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February 6, 2014, 12:00 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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iWatch time: Apple seeking physiologists to run fitness, energy expenditure tests  —  Apple has published a job listing on its website seeking physiologists and engineers to run tests related to health and fitness data.  This job will require the employees to “design and run user studies related …
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.
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 …
Saqib Iqbal Ahmed / Reuters:
Twitter stock opens down 25%, wiping out about $9.8 billion in market value  —  Investors dump Twitter stock as results divide Wall Street  —  (Reuters) - Twitter Inc's shares fell almost 25 percent on Thursday, wiping out about $9.8 billion in market value, after the company reported a sharp slowdown in user growth.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Indie smash hit ‘Flappy Bird’ racks up $50K per day in ad revenue  —  The enigmatic and oppressively difficult mobile game Flappy Bird has turned into quite the cash cow for Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen.  In an interview with The Verge, Nguyen revealed that the game …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Take a trip down memory lane to Google's first data center  —  Before Urs Hölzle became Google's first chief engineer, he took a tour of the company's server room at the Exodus data center in Santa Clara, Calif. Not yet a Google employee, Hölzle was taken there by Google co-founder Larry Page …
Raffi Krikorian / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter Data Grants: Pilot project giving a few research institutions access to public and historical Twitter data  —  Introducing Twitter Data Grants  —  Today we're introducing a pilot project we're calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we'll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data.
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Former HP stars Bradley, Donatelli on brink of exit - sources  —  (Reuters) - Two of Hewlett-Packard Co's most powerful executives, until they were sidelined by CEO Meg Whitman, are preparing to leave the company in the coming weeks, several sources say.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
AOL's Q4 Revenue Grows To $679M But Earnings Per Share of $0.43 Fall Short Of Estimates  —  AOL came in ahead of analyst estimates on revenue but not earnings in its in its fourth quarter of 2013, reporting $679 million in revenue and diluted earnings per share of 43 cents.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
PubMatic Raises $13 Million From Nokia Growth Partners  —  A few days after the Rubicon Project filed for an IPO, one of its competitors in the race to build fast-growing programmatic advertising platforms, PubMatic, said it had raised $13 million in new funding.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter rejects compromise on secret government orders  —  Twitter's latest transparency report is out, and the company seems furious about what it can't reveal.  While Google, Facebook, and others have reached a deal with the US government to break out national security requests in broad numbers …

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