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January 21, 2015, 7:15 PM

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Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:
The next generation of Windows: Windows 10  —  Today I had the honor of sharing new information about Windows 10, the new generation of Windows.  —  Our team shared more Windows 10 experiences and how Windows 10 will inspire new scenarios across the broadest range of devices, from big screens to small screens to no screens at all.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Windows 10 will be free for the first year for Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users  —  Microsoft will offer free Windows 10 upgrades from Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows 7 for one year  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft will be providing some Windows users with free upgrades …
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Hands on with Microsoft's holographic goggles Project HoloLens  —  Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles  —  It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Google is preparing to sell wireless plans running on Sprint and T-Mobile networks  —  Google's Next Telecom Move: Becoming a Wireless Carrier  —  Google is preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network …
WhatsApp Blog:
WhatsApp launches a desktop web app to serve Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone users  —  WhatsApp Web  —  Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser.  Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations …
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out “While you were away” feature to iOS users, coming soon to Android and web  —  While you were away...  Today we're introducing something new to your home timeline: a recap of some of the top Tweets you might have missed from accounts you follow.
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Uber raises $1.6B in convertible debt from Goldman Sachs' clients  —  Uber Said to Raise $1.6 Billion in Convertible Debt to Expand  —  Uber Technologies Inc. raised $1.6 billion in convertible debt from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)'s wealth management clients, according to people …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple acquires UK startup Semetric, which runs music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Apple buys the British startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Company helps record labels track digital sales, streams and social stats, and could become part of Beats Music relaunch
Steven Musil / CNET:
Amazon ends its mobile-wallet beta six months after launch  —  Amazon to fold its mobile-wallet app beta on Wednesday  —  The closure comes amid rocky efforts by tech companies to expand into the financial industry.  —  Amazon will pull the plug on its Amazon Wallet beta on Wednesday …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon pulls its diaper brand after 6 weeks, citing design flaws  —  Amazon has yanked the “Amazon Elements” diaper brand it launched for Prime members just six weeks ago, saying that it is working to improve the design of the diapers “based on early customer feedback.”
Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung to drop Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and use its own chip in next Galaxy smartphone  —  Samsung Said to Drop Qualcomm Chip From Next Galaxy Smartphone  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will use its own microprocessors in the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone …
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Twitter launches its phone-number based login system, Digits for the web  —  At Twitter Flight in October, the company introduced an intriguing way for developers to offer logins via a phone number called Digits.  Already available for Android and iOS apps, today the social network announced that it released Digits for the Web.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Wavelength, which let people stream their friends' movies bought through UltraViolet, is shelved less than two weeks after launch  —  That Was Fast: Wavelength, the Movie-Sharing Service Hollywood Didn't Love, Is on Hold  —  Wavelength sounds like an interesting idea …

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