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January 22, 2015, 3:25 PM

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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Inside Nadella's plan to reinvent Microsoft, starting with HoloLens, a flatter org chart, and a willingness to forge new partnerships  —  Satya Nadella's Got a Plan to Make You Care About Microsoft.  The First Step?  Holograms … REDMOND MISSED MOBILE  —  The old Microsoft never gained turf in smartphone operating systems.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory  —  At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones.  After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
In-flight Wi-Fi is getting slower, less reliable, and more expensive as demand increases  —  The Sorry State of In-Flight Wi-Fi  —  35,000 FEET, SOMEWHERE OVER THE MIDWEST — I've finally found something on commercial flights that's worse than airplane food: the Wi-Fi.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others  —  A company offering a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell their unused gift cards, Raise.com, announced this morning it has taken in a sizable $56 million round of Series B funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat  —  Kim Dotcom, the infamous entrepreneur behind Megaupload, has released his latest product.  Currently in beta, MegaChat is a browser-based encrypted video calling and file-sharing platform that is being positioned as a Skype competitor.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Button Raises $12 Million to Make the App World as Interconnected as the Web  —  Could 2015 be the year of “deep linking?”  —  One startup trying to ride that wave is Button, a New York City-based company which is today announcing a $12 million Series A investment less than a year after its launch.
Brian Beach / Backblaze Blog:
Backblaze: 4 TB HGST and Seagate hard drives are most reliable, 3 TB Seagate and WD drives fail often  —  What is the Best Hard Drive?  —  It was one year ago that I first blogged about the failure rates of specific models of hard drives, so now is a good time for an update.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Braintree opens private beta allowing US merchants to accept bitcoin via its v.zero SDK and Coinbase integration  —  Paying for Uber with Bitcoin?  Braintree opens up bitcoin payments to its thousands of merchants  —  Two of the biggest forces in modern payments collided today …
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:
Amazon Agrees to Buy Israel's Annapurna Labs for AWS Cloud Unit  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) agreed to acquire Israeli semiconductor company Annapurna Labs, seeking to improve performance within its Amazon Web Services cloud unit.  —  A deal has been reached but hasn't yet closed …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Office 2016, coming in the second half of 2015  —  At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the touch-optimized version of Office.  Today, the company offered more details about that version, and then snuck in another announcement: the next desktop version …
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.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile to let lower-credit customers who pay on time get access to $0-down smartphones  —  T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) is giving every customer with a monthly voice plan who has made or makes 12 consecutive on-time monthly bill payments access to zero-down financing for smartphones regardless of their credit score.

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