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January 29, 2015, 7:35 PM

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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to be a minority investor in $70M+ round being raised by Cyanogen, makers of the popular modified Android OS CyanogenMod  —  Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen  —  Microsoft is investing in a hot startup that's trying to weaken Google 's hold over Android.
Google:
Google Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.  —  “Google's full year revenue for 2014 was $66 billion, up 19% year on year,” said Patrick Pichette …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Google misses in Q4 2014 with $14.48B revenue, $6.88 EPS on slowing ad revenue growth  —  Updated 1:45 p.m. Pacific with new details from Google's earnings call.  —  Google reported its fourth-quarter earnings today, with GAAP EPS of $6.88 on revenue of $14.48 billion (minus traffic acquisition costs).
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 …
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New Accompli-based Outlook for iOS and Android integrates email, calendar, contacts, and files, supports Office 365, Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo accounts  —  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.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
FCC redefines broadband: minimum download speed raised from 4 to 25 Mbps, minimum upload from 1 to 3 Mbps  —  The FCC has changed the definition of broadband  —  The Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon posts $214M profit, $0.45 EPS in Q4 2014 on $29.33B revenue; Prime membership grows 53% year over year  —  Amazon Prime memberships grow 53% in 2014, despite $20 price hike … Amazon's decision to increase the price of its Prime membership doesn't seem to be hurting the company.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The App Install Ad Boom Helps Tune Raise $27 Million  —  A few years ago, the app install ad business — fueled by developers who want to distribute their stuff across a universe of smartphones — didn't really exist.  —  Now it's one of the big reasons Facebook has a giant mobile ad business.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
FCC raises record $44.9B in AWS-3 spectrum auction  —  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.
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 …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
VMware's vCloud Air to integrate Google's BigQuery analytics, Cloud Datastore, Cloud DNS, and Cloud Storage services  —  VMware is bringing key Google services to its cloud  —  Here's a deal that has “corporate synergies” written all over it.  VMware and Google are working together …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
FTC shuts down “revenge porn” operation, but imposes no fine  —  In one of the most despicable scams on the internet, Colorado resident Craig Brittain ran a website that posted nude photographs of hundreds of women alongside their Facebook profiles and other personal information …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple resolves iTunes Connect issue presenting wrong user name and apps for developers  —  Widespread iTunes Connect issue presenting wrong user name and apps for developers (Update: Resolved)  —  iTunes Connect, Apple's portal where developers manage software published on the App Store …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Nintendo to share up to 70 percent of ad revenue with game YouTubers  —  Video partnership program comes with some important restrictions, though.  —  Nintendo's somewhat indecisive stance on letting streamers and producers use video of its games online seems to be crystallizing …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S  —  (Reuters) - A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
‘Fitbit For Dogs’ Maker Whistle Acquires Tagg Pet Tracker And Raises $15M  —  Wearables for pets used to be a punchline, but now it's a legitimate business with multiple players active in the space.  Said space did just get a bit smaller today, as Whistle, the startup which launched its Fitbit for dogs back in 2013.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
GIF search engine Giphy raises $17M Series B led by Lightspeed Ventures at $80M valuation  —  After An Approach From Facebook, Giphy Raises $17M At An $80M Valuation  —  Giphy — the betaworks-backed platform for searching and sharing gifs — has just raised $17 million in Series B funding led …

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