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January 27, 2015, 6:00 AM

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Microsoft:
Earnings Release FY15 Q2 — 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 …
Brandon Bailey / Associated Press:
Microsoft shares down 4.4% after hours as investors react to “not great” results for flagship business  —  Microsoft earnings report doesn't excite market  —  1 photo  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Former Opera CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Browser For Power Users  —  Opera's former CEO Jon von Tetzchner is launching the first preview of Vivaldi today, a new Chromium-based browser that is squarely aimed at power users.  Vivaldi features tools like Quick Commands for using written commands instead …
Tom Krazit / Gigaom:
Facebook and Instagram go down for almost an hour during Snowmadgeddon  —  Silent night: Facebook, Instagram go down for Snowmadgeddon  —  All those carefully crafted images of snowscapes will have to stay locked up for a bit, East Coasters, because Facebook and Instagram are down.
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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
WSJ: Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Nashville and North Carolina  —  Rumors broke over the weekend that Google might bring its gigabit internet Fiber connection to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC next, but it's not stopping there.  The Tennesseean reports Nashville has an announcement planned …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analysts expect Apple Q1 2015 sales to surpass $68B, up 21% YoY, and higher than Apple's $63.5B to $66.5B guidance  —  Handicapping Apple's earnings  —  This is one of those “big, but how big?” quarters.  —  Apple told Wall Street to expect total sales somewhere in the range of $63.5 to $66.5 billion …
More: Cult of Mac and 9to5Mac
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands to UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore  —  Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands beyond the U.S.  —  Apple has notified Apple Maps Connect for Small Businesses users that the service has expanded beyond the United States …
More: App Advice, iMore and MacNN
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will cut its massive workforce, the company told Reuters, as the Apple Inc (AAPL.O) supplier faces declining revenue growth and rising wages in China.
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.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
OS X 10.10.2 Includes Fix for ‘Thunderstrike’ Hardware Exploit Affecting Macs  —  Apple is readying a fix in OS X 10.10.2 for the so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit targeting Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, iMore has learned.  According to the report, Apple patched the vulnerability …

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