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February 6, 2015, 8:45 AM

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Bloomberg Business:
Tesla has hired 150+ Apple employees, more than from any other company; Apple tries poaching Tesla employees with $250,000 signing bonuses but recruits few  —  Apple Abduction  —  Tesla has hired more workers from Apple than from anyplace else  —  Doug Field never considered leaving Apple.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
How Google Glass went from coveted gadget to punchline; device to be redesigned from scratch under Tony Fadell's leadership  —  Why Google Glass Broke  —  This is a story that involves lots of public intrigue, a futuristic wearable technology, a secret laboratory, fashion models …
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
UK court rules GCHQ mass internet surveillance was unlawful, breached human rights law  —  GCHQ mass internet surveillance was unlawful, rules court  —  Access to intercepted information obtained by the NSA breached human rights laws, according to the Investigative Powers Tribunal
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Q4 user count grew 1.4%, down from 4.8% in Q3, company blames bug in iOS 8 integration  —  Twitter Blames Slow User Growth On iOS 8 Bug, But Predicts Strong Q1 2015  —  Twitter's user count grew a measly 1.4% this quarter, down from 4.8% in Q3 2014, but CFO Anthony Noto said things are turning around.
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Study finds music labels take 73.1% of profits from streaming services; artists get 10.9%  —  Yes, Major Record Labels Are Keeping Nearly All The Money They Get From Spotify, Rather Than Giving It To Artists  —  A small group of very vocal musicians has decided that the new target of their anger …
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
A first look at Photos for OS X, Apple's iPhoto replacement, now available as a developer seed  —  First look: Photos for OS X brings easier navigation and more powerful editing  —  Last June, Apple announced that it would stop development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps and offer …
Manish Singh / BGR India:
WhatsApp voice calling tested in India, works as well on Edge networks as on 3G  —  Exclusive: We tried WhatsApp Call and it is a winner!  —  Around 11PM last night, we got a surprise call from WhatsApps's Neeraj Arora.  It wasn't any ordinary call but one he made from within WhatsApp.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
GrubHub moves into delivery, acquires DiningIn and agrees to buy Restaurants on the Run, for a total of $80M  —  GrubHub makes major move in restaurant delivery wars  —  GrubHub GRUB is a $3 billion company known for helping to connect hungry users with restaurants that will deliver them food.
TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet Puts $586M Into Delivery Hero, Buys 9 Other Food Startups  —  Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based e-commerce group that went public last year, is making some major consolidation moves in the food delivery business.  It has acquired a 30% stake in Delivery Hero …
More: VentureBeat and Tech.eu
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Announcing The Winners Of The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards  —  Today at The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards TechCrunch and VentureBeat came together to celebrate the best of technology in 2014.  It was a night for the ages.  The Davies Symphony Hall was packed and Silicon Valley's TJ Miller hosted the event.
Kyle Wiens / Wired:
Farmers seek DMCA exemption to modify or repair high-tech proprietary agriculture equipment that is making DIY repairs impossible  —  New High-Tech Farm Equipment Is a Nightmare for Farmers  —  A central Illinois corn farmer, on top of his combine, is silhouetted against the setting sun in Pleasant Plains, Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.
Whitney Blair Wyckoff / FedScoop:
Obama to tap VMware's Tony Scott as federal CIO  —  President Barack Obama announced plans to appoint VMware's Tony Scott as the federal chief information officer.  —  If the appointment goes through, Scott would be the third CIO and would take the place of Steven VanRoekel …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Mattel and Google send out invites to 'view what's possible' at event on February 13  —  Mattel and Google have sent out press invites for an event they're holding together on February 13th in New York City.  The invitation, sporting the tagline “view what's possible,” includes what looks …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Dedicated App For The Famous Gains Twitter Sharing, Topics In Timeline  —  Not all Facebooks are created equal: Facebook Mentions is an app the company released last year that lets celebrities use the social network in a way that's gear for filtering out noise and making fan engagement much easier.

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