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February 6, 2014, 11:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple buys sapphire crystal furnaces for AZ plant, capable of producing 100-200M ~5" iPhone displays per year  —  Exclusive: Apple just procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200M ~5-inch iPhone displays in Arizona  —  Last year, Apple and GT Advanced struck a deal to open …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
LinkedIn to Acquire Job-Seeking Site Bright for $120 Million  —  LinkedIn announced on Thursday it plans to acquire Bright, a data-driven job search startup, for $120 million.  —  The buy is LinkedIn's largest acquisition to date, topping the company's earlier major acquisitions of SlideShare ($119 million) and Pulse ($90 million).
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
NBC story on visitors to Sochi Olympics getting hacked is misleading  —  That NBC story 100% fraudulent  —  Yesterday (Feb 5 2014) NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it'll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
OpenTable Buys Ness For $17.3M To Beef Up Mobile And Restaurant Recommendations  —  Restaurant reservation platform OpenTable today reported quarterly earnings of $52.3 million and used the day to put out some other news: the company has acquired Ness Computing, makers of the personalized restaurant recommendations app Ness.
Kashyap Deorah / OpenTable Blog:
Pay Your Check with OpenTable Mobile: Pilot Payment Program Launches in San Francisco  —  First, OpenTable made it simple to book a restaurant reservation at any time of day or night with just a few clicks.  Now, we're pleased to announce that it will soon be just as easy to pay for your meal.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Repurchases $14B of Own Shares in 2 Weeks  —  CEO Cook Says Company Wanted to Be ‘Aggressive’ and ‘Opportunistic’  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple Inc. has bought $14 billion of its own shares in the two weeks since reporting financial results that disappointed Wall Street, Chief Executive Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
That Secret App Is Becoming Silicon Valley's New Blind Item  —  “I work at Evernote and we're about to get acquired... Watch this space”  —  That could be the first big acquisition rumor to have found its way onto Secret, the new “anonymish” sharing app launched late last week.  But it won't be the last.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google wants to replace your office's teleconference system with a $999 Chromebox  —  Google's $35 Chromecast dongle made it cheap and easy to show off YouTube videos on your TV.  Now, the company sees another narrow window of opportunity for Chrome: teleconferencing.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
IBM lands deal to make DARPA's self-destructing ‘VAPR’ ware  —  Summary: DARPA's VAPR project could allow it to blanket vast areas with monitoring sensors without risking the equipment falling into enemy hands.  —  Liam Tung  —  IBM has won a US government contract to create a model for transient devices that destruct on command.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Firefox beta brings touch-friendly web browsing to Windows 8  —  After roughly a year of development, Mozilla has at last released a beta of Firefox for Windows 8.  The not-quite-finished browser gives early adopters a full touchscreen interface with finger-friendly elements and gesture support.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Don't Like Your Facebook “Look Back”?  You'll Be Able To Edit It Soon.  —  For the past 24 hours, my Facebook newsfeed has been predominantly filled with just two things:  —  1) People sharing those cutesy automated “Look Back” videos that Facebook made for most of its users to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary
Jack Clark / The Register:
FT: IBM has appointed Goldman Sachs to sound out possible buyers for its semiconductor arm  —  Report: IBM to peddle its chip wing  —  Big Blue looks at chip division, then chopping block, then chip division, then ...  IBM is rumored to have retained Goldman Sachs to help it put a price on its semiconductor division.
Donny Kwok / Reuters:
Google bought $750 million Lenovo stake on January 30: Hong Kong exchange  —  (Reuters) - Internet search company Google Inc bought a 5.94 percent stake in China's Lenovo Group Ltd last month for $750 million, according to a disclosure on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Google's acquisition of Nest wins FTC approval  —  The US Federal Trade Commission has cleared the way for Google to purchase Nest for $3.2 billion in cash.  After Mountain View announced the buyout earlier this year, Google stated it expected the deal to close in the next few months.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Sony exits the North American ebook business and gives its customers to Kobo  —  Sony, which is essentially a non-player in the U.S. ebook market at this point, is cutting its losses and shutting down its digital bookstore in the U.S. and Canada, the company reported Thursday.
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