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February 3, 2015, 4:40 PM

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Bloomberg Business:
Amazon discussed buying some RadioShack stores to showcase its hardware and serve as pickup/drop-off centers  —  Amazon in Talks to Buy Some of RadioShack's Stores  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg Business:
Inside RadioShack's Slow-Motion Collapse … Nathan Hill learned a lot about entertaining himself during his time as a RadioShack employee.  For 15 months during 2013 and 2014, he worked at two locations in two separate strip malls in suburban Phoenix.  It was dull, but Hill …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
With an Eye on Wall Street, Twitter Starts Selling Twitter Ads Outside of Twitter  —  Twitter is rolling out plans for a new revenue stream: Twitter ads that don't appear on Twitter.  —  Starting today, the company will start running its core “Promoted Tweet” ad unit on other people's apps and sites.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
New Adware Found In Google Play Apps With Millions Of Downloads  —  A new report from security firm Avast out this morning reveals the discovery of a new form of malware on the Google Play store, which begins to display advertisements disguised as warning messages to end users when they unlock their Android smartphone.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Eero aims to eliminate WiFi dead-spots in homes using a mesh network created by a set of boxes  —  Eero Is A Smart Wireless Routing System That Wants To Do For WiFi What Nest Did For Thermostats  —  Have you tried to purchase or install a wireless router lately?  I have, and it is hell.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Report of Google's plan for Uber rival overblown; app is only internal tool for carpooling  —  Uber Chases Google in Self-Driving Cars With Carnegie Mellon Deal  —  Uber on Monday said it formed a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to develop driverless car and mapping technology …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
NSA analysts will be required to delete incidental information on Americans within one year, on foreigners within five  —  President Tweaks the Rules on Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — A year after President Obama ordered modest changes in how the nation's intelligence agencies collect …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
VMware bolstering mobile device management tools with Immidio buy  —  Summary:Founded in 2008, Amsterdam-based Immidio touts its BYOD approach as one that considers and values end user and IT needs equally.  —  VMware has acquired Immidio, a private software company specializing in enterprise mobile device management options.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Fundable Acquires Mentorship Service Clarity.fm As Part Of Its New Launch Platform, Startups.co  —  Equity crowdfunding platform Fundable is announcing that it has acquired Clarity.fm, the Dan Martell-founded startup that connects entrepreneurs with mentors like Mark Cuban, Brad Feld and Eric Ries over the phone.
Danny D. / SamMobile:
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
Review of three new Fitbits: accuracy of heart-rate sensors in Charge HR and Surge disappoints  —  Three New Fitbits: See How They Run  —  Depending on what you read, the market for step-and-sleep-tracking wristbands is either set to explode, or is hanging in a wobbly balance while everyone waits …
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Alibaba and Lending Club partner to provide American companies with loans to buy parts and supplies from the Chinese marketplace  —  Alibaba and Lending Club to Form Financing Partnership  —  The companies behind two of the hottest stock market debuts of 2014, Lending Club and the Alibaba Group …

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