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January 12, 2015, 2:00 AM

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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.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
With a broad range of products united by software, Xiaomi sells an ecosystem, not just phones  —  Xiaomi's Ambition  —  Xiaomi, the Chinese smart phone company that late last month raised $1.1 billion at a $45 billion valuation, sells way more than smartphones: Mi.com boasts over a thousand items …
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?
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft chastises Google for disclosing Windows 8.1 security hole prior to patch … Microsoft is publicly criticizing Google for releasing details about a security vulnerability in Windows 8.1 two days before the Redmond company was slated to patch the bug — saying that Google is putting users …
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.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Leaked Palantir document reveals uses and key clients, including several government agencies  —  Leaked Palantir Doc Reveals Uses, Specific Functions And Key Clients  —  Since its founding in 2004, Palantir has managed to grow into a billion dollar company while being very surreptitious about what it does exactly.
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.
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Flywheel, Asia's GrabTaxi, and India's OlaCabs consider taxi alliance to compete with Uber  —  Ride-Hailing Startups Discuss Global Taxi Alliance Against Uber  —  Two companies in Asia backed by Softbank Capital and one in the U.S. have discussed cross-booking and integrated apps.
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Robert McMillan / Wired:
Another leap second will arrive in June, threatening the stability of UNIX and Linux systems  —  The Leap Second Is About to Rattle the Internet.  But There's a Plot to Kill It  —  The Qantas Airways computers started crashing just after midnight.  A few hours later, as passengers started flying home …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Source: neither Twitter nor its board have considered replacing Costolo, despite rumors that Adam Bain may become CEO  —  Rumors Swirl That Adam Bain Will Be The Next Twitter CEO, But Costolo's Not Going Anywhere Yet  —  Disclosure: I own less than 500 shares each of Twitter, Yahoo, and Aol stock.
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Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
GameStop's eluding Blockbuster's fate for now by selling physical vouchers for DLC, maintaining fat margins on used games  —  Extra Lives: Can GameStop Avoid Blockbuster's Fate?  —  Tim Brooks claims to know 98 percent to 100 percent of the people who visit his store, a GameStop on a scruffy city block in northern Philadelphia.

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