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January 26, 2016, 5:05 PM

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Confirmed: Twitter Appoints Longtime American Express Executive Leslie Berland as CMO  —  Here's some positive executive news coming out of Twitter: It has found its new chief marketing officer.  —  Twitter has appointed longtime American Express executive Leslie Berland to CMO …
Apple:
Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results  —  iPhone, Apple Watch, Services & Apple TV Drive All-time Record Revenue  —  Results Produce Record Quarterly Profit of $18.4 Billion  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft announces first technical preview of Azure Stack, which puts Azure on-premises, to launch January 29 with full release slated for Q4  —  Microsoft Announces The First Technical Preview Of Azure Stack  —  With Azure Stack, Microsoft wants to bring its Azure cloud computing services into its customers' data centers.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Periscope integrates with GoPro to bring live streaming to action cameras  —  Periscope just took its first steps away from the smartphone.  The Twitter-owned live-streaming app announced an integration with GoPro that will let users broadcast to their followers from an action camera for the first time.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Waze announces Transport SDK to let apps integrate driver guidance data, launches with six partners including Lyft, JustPark, 99taxis  —  Waze to Scoop up More Data through New Partnerships  —  Waze changed how millions of people drive by convincing them to share their locations in return for real-time …
Cam Bunton / 9to5Google:
LG shipped 59.7M smartphones in 2015, 15.3M in Q4, while losing $36M+ in mobile division, promises 2 new flagships in 2016  —  LG plans to launch two flagship phones in 2016 following 4th quarter mobile loss  —  LG announced its Q4 2015 earnings this morning and revealed that although …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Sony merges PlayStation businesses into US-based Sony Interactive Entertainment  —  Sony has merged the entire PlayStation business into one new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment.  As of April 1st, SIE's president and CEO will be Andrew House, and the business will be run out of San Mateo, California.
Reuters:
Sources: Apple building paywall system to let publishers offer subscription content through the News app  —  Apple plans to offer subscription content through News app  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is working to make subscription content available through its News app, giving publishers with paywalls …
Facebook Developers:
Facebook expands its Audience Network ad product to serve the mobile web in addition to apps  —  Audience Network for Mobile Web Brings More Value to Publishers & Advertisers  —  Today the Audience Network is expanding to include support for mobile web, bringing the value of native ad formats …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter no longer showing ads to some of its more valuable users in order to keep them engaged  —  Twitter Has Stopped Showing Ads to Some of Its Most Valuable Users  —  Twitter makes its money by showing ads to its users.  —  But not all of its users: For the past few months …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YouTube now lets video creators use Donation Cards, which overlay the page, to help raise money for charities directly  —  YouTube's New Donation Cards Help Video Creators Raise Money For Charities  —  YouTube just made it a lot easier for its users in the U.S. to use their videos to drive donations to nonprofit organizations.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin Moves To A New Role, To Be Replaced By Current COO  —  There's a major leadership shakeup happening at your second-favorite crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo.  —  After eight years at its helm, Indiegogo co-founder Slava Rubin is stepping down from his role as CEO …
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Glenn Rifkin / New York Times:
Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88  —  Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist's thirst for knowledge with a philosopher's quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that helped inspire the creation of the personal computer and the Internet, died on Sunday night in Boston.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Backblaze, the cloud backup service, will now loan you a hard drive full of your data  —  Backblaze, my preferred cloud backup service for a few years now, is today making it a bit easier and cheaper to restore all of your data if your computer should ever crash or get lost / stolen.
Amar Toor / The Verge:
French drivers from taxi unions clash with police in nationwide strike calling for an end to ride-hailing apps like Uber  —  French taxi drivers clash with police in anti-Uber strike  —  French taxi unions have once again staged a nationwide strike, shutting down roadways across Paris …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
AT&T misses expectations on Q4 revenue of $42.1B, up 22% YoY, wireless revenue dropped 4.9% YoY to $18.9B, adds 2.8M customers  —  AT&T Adds 2.8 Million Customers but Wireless Revenue Falls  —  AT&T said Tuesday that it added 2.8 million wireless customers as it continues to add a large number of non-phone devices to its network.

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