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January 26, 2015, 4:50 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Cloud and Devices Momentum Highlights Second Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud revenue grows triple-digits for the sixth consecutive quarter, reaching an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Sheriffs pressure Google to disable Waze feature that warns when police are near, saying it endangers officers  —  Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby.
Spencer Woodman / The Verge:
Exclusive: politicians are supporting Comcast's TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast  —  On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast's controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones  —  Not content with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Facebook has launched another standalone app.  Facebook Lite, which some may recall as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Oculus announces Story Studio to make its own VR movies, first film “Lost” debuts this week  —  Oculus is now making its own virtual reality movies  —  Story Studio is the company's internal team exploring what it calls ‘VR cinema’  —  The prominence of virtual reality …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million  —  Online technology training service Pluralsight has acquired the Orlando, Fla.-based Code School, which offers dozens of instructional courses and videos for developers both online and via mobile apps.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Google signs deal with NFL to show highlight clips in YouTube and Search, will share ad revenues  —  NFL Video Highlights — And More — Come to YouTube and Google  —  It took a long time but it's finally done, just in time for the Super Bowl: Pro football finally has a deal with Google to distribute some of its video.
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
Nest to replace old Dropcams for free before they go dark April 15  —  One downside of having products that require cloud services in order to work is that the physical objects can suddenly become obsolete.  —  Over the weekend, Dropcam announced a “legacy camera replacement program,” …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins tried to ‘acquire’ Social+Capital Partnership  —  Venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recently tried to “acquire” Social+Capital Partnership, a Palo Alto-based VC firm formed in 2011 by former Facebook FB executive Chamath Palihapitiya, Fortune has learned.
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Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Former Motorola CEO: Nexus 6 doesn't have fingerprint reader because Apple bought AuthenTec, the best supplier  —  Dennis Woodside on Motorola, Google and the future of Dropbox  —  Silicon Valley veteran Dennis Woodside reveals a Motorola Nexus 6 secret, and tells Matt Warman …
Natt Garun / The Next Web:
Sling TV review: Not quite the cord cutter's dream, but a bargain for millennial families  —  The unbundling trend is trickling down from apps to television with the launch of Sling TV, Dish Network's US-only, live TV subscription service at just $20 a month - no contract required.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Cablevision to launch Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service Freewheel; $9.95/month if bundled with home internet, $29.95 for other customers  —  This is big: Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service  —  Janko Roettgers  —  Cablevision is getting ready to pick a fight with your mobile phone company.
Guardian:
WikiLeaks demands answers after being notified that Google handed over three staffers' emails to the US government in 2012  —  WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government  — Search giant gave FBI emails and digital data belonging to three staffers
Bloomberg:
Uber to Cap Car-Service Price Surges During East Coast Snowstorm  —  A “life-threatening” storm that is forecast to dump as much as two feet of snow from New York to Boston is a great chance for Uber Technologies Inc. to show it has learned from past mistakes.

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