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January 11, 2015, 3:30 PM

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Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Marc Lore's new Costco-inspired e-commerce site Jet to begin limited sign-ups Feb. 20, with $49.99 annual membership fee  —  Amazon Bought This Man's Company.  Now He's Coming for Them  —  The historic downtown commercial district of Montclair, N.J., is known for its restaurants, antique shops, and art-house movie theater.
David Katzmaier / CNET:
4K TV makers push features like quantum dots, HDR, and curved displays to differentiate at CES  —  TVs at CES 2015 go beyond 4K  —  4K is already old hat.  The rapidly falling prices of 4K TVs are causing manufacturers push even more elaborate features to make a buck.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
How systemic discrimination and policy shaped East Palo Alto as neighboring Silicon Valley exploded in wealth and power  —  East of Palo Alto's Eden  —  What if Silicon Valley had emerged from a racially integrated community?  —  Would the technology industry be different?  —  Would we?
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Following Microsoft's new Skype Translator, Google to announce major update to Translate app, add automatic transcription for popular languages  —  Language Translation Tech Starts to Deliver on Its Promise  —  The tech industry is doing its best to topple the Tower of Babel.
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Pew Internet:
Pew Report: Facebook growth slows, but user engagement increases; while Twitter and others grow userbase, not engagement  —  Social Media Update 2014  —  In a new survey conducted in September 2014, the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook remains by far the most popular social media site.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Report: M&A transactions in ad tech and services increased 32% in 2014, to reach total of 100 representing $7.5B in value, more than triple the value in 2013  —  Burst of M&A in Online Advertising as Shakeout Begins  —  A shakeout is under way in the online advertising industry …

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