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January 29, 2015, 1:00 PM

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Julia White / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft launches Office for Android tablets, new Outlook mail apps for iOS and Android  —  Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android  —  Last week, we saw the new experiences coming with Windows 10, including how Office universal apps for Windows 10 will deliver …
Office Blogs:
New Accompli-based Outlook for iOS, Android integrates email, calendar, contacts, and files, supports Office 365, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail  —  A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android  —  Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Samsung sold 71-75M smartphones in the holiday quarter, on par with Apple's 74.5M iPhone sales  —  Apple and Samsung in Dead Heat for Smartphone Dominance  —  Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat.
Youkyung Lee / Associated Press:
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
New regulations in China require source code, audits, and backdoors from companies working with banks, alarming Western tech firms  —  New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
iTunes Connect offline after issue presented developers with wrong username and apps  —  Widespread iTunes Connect issue presenting wrong user name and apps for developers (Update: Offline)  —  iTunes Connect, Apple's portal where developers manage software published on the App Store …
Alden Kroll / Steam Community:
Valve has paid out $57M+ to 1.5K creators across 75 countries through Steam Workshop since 2011; announces curated workshops for non-Valve games  —  Content Creators Earn Over $50M Through Steam Workshop, Can Now Earn Money in More Games  —  When we launched the Workshop late in 2011 …
Travis Green / Google Commerce:
Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail  —  Since we announced Send Money in Gmail, paying back your friends has never been so simple, whether you're chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your housemate for your share of the rent.  Today, we're excited to make this feature available for Gmail users in the UK.
Stephen Barrett / AnandTech:
Intel Announces Broadwell vPro Processors: Wireless Docking and More  —  While Intel formally announced availability of Broadwell-U processors at CES this year, vendors did not actually have any devices available for purchase containing Intel vPro technology.
Michael Sippey / Medium:
Snapchat's Discover feature for news could also function more broadly as an app platform  —  theory: snapchat launched an app platform  —  And then go through the list of capabilities they can bring...  - Interaction?  Check.  You may not have all the tools of Swift or Java at your disposal …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Quantum computing company D-Wave raises an additional $23.1M, bringing total to $138.7M  —  D-Wave keeps dreaming of quantum computers everywhere, takes $23.1M more  —  D-Wave Systems, a company building what it calls quantum computers, is announcing today that it has taken on around $23.1 million …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Samsung's Gear VR will provide in-flight entertainment for first-class Qantas passengers  —  A new partnership between Samsung and Australian airline Qantas means passengers flying on the airline will be able to use a Gear VR on long-haul flights.  —  A limited number of Gear VR devices …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nickelodeon to unveil stand-alone streaming video subscription service in February  —  Nickelodeon to Unveil Stand-Alone Subscription Video Service in February  —  Kid-entertainment giant Nickelodeon intends to follow the example of HBO and unveil a direct-to-consumer subscription service in February …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
It's over: FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction ends at record $44.9B in bids  —  The FCC said bidding in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, known as auction 97, is now closed after 341 rounds of bidding.  Total provisional winning bids came in at a record $44.899 billion.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba invests $10M in Ouya, plans to incorporate Ouya's game library into set-top boxes  —  Alibaba Breathes New Life Into Game-Console Maker Ouya  —  Ouya, the game-console maker that has struggled to gain traction since its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, has received a new injection …
Garett Sloane / Adweek:
Facebook mobile ad revenue accounts for 69% of total ad revenue in Q4, up from 53% Q4 2013; 1.19B mobile MAUs  —  Facebook Just Shared Insane Q4 Mobile Numbers and Ad Sales  —  Its smartphone promos alone did $2.5 billion  —  Facebook's mobile sales continue to skyrocket …

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