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January 27, 2015, 11:05 PM

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Apple:
Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results  —  Highest-ever revenue & earnings drive 48% increase in EPS  —  Growth led by record revenue from iPhone, Mac & App Store  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple Watch to start shipping in April  —  Apple CEO Tim Cooks says development for the wearable is “right on schedule.”  —  Apple's first wearable, Apple Watch, will begin shipping in April, the company's CEO revealed Tuesday.  —  CEO Tim Cook, speaking during a call with analysts following …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Apple sells a record 74.5M iPhones in Q1, a 46% YoY increase, 21.4M iPads, a 21% decrease  —  Apple breaks its sales records with 74.5M iPhones in Q1 2015, but iPad sales decline 21% to 21.4M  —  The iPhone continues to carry Apple.  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement …
Jinen Kamdar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter starts rolling out group Direct Messaging, 30-second video capture and sharing  —  Now on Twitter: group Direct Messages and mobile video camera  —  A few months ago, we mentioned some features coming soon, and today we're excited to start rolling out two of them: group messaging and a new mobile video experience.
Dennis Kish / The Official Google Blog:
Google confirms Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham  —  Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham  —  It's been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo to spin off its 15% Alibaba stake in Q4, creating a new independent holding company, but will retain cash and its stake in Yahoo Japan  —  Wall Street Gets What It Wanted From Marissa Mayer: Here's the Yahoo Plan to Spin Off Rest of Alibaba Stake  —  Yahoo said it would spin off …
Richard Leider / YouTube Engineering …:
YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video instead of Flash  —  YouTube now defaults to HTML5  —  Four years ago, we wrote about YouTube's early support for the HTML5 <video> tag and how it performed compared to Flash.  At the time, there were limitations that held it back from becoming our preferred platform for video delivery.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Netflix is revamping its data architecture for streaming movies  —  Netflix is revamping the computing architecture that processes data for its streaming video service, according to a Netflix blog post that came out on Tuesday.  —  The Netflix engineering team wanted an architecture …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Snapchat's new Discover feature puts news and entertainment a swipe away from your stories  —  Snapchat has launched “Discover,” a new feature that highlights stories and videos provided both by outside publishers, and by Snapchat's in-house team of journalists and videographers.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2  —  Microsoft's Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $1.1 billion in revenue.  While we don't actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest model, the Surface Pro 3 …
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