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January 26, 2016, 12:30 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 …
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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.
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 …
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft testing its Windows phone keyboard Word Flow for iOS with fanned layout for one-handed typing  —  Microsoft's iOS Word Flow Keyboard Supports A New One-Handed Layout  —  Share Tweet Pin it Reddit Share Share  —  A few days back, Microsoft began sending out invites to Insiders …
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 …
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.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Amazon is reportedly asking OEMs to integrate retailer's services into Android phones at a “factory level”, but Google's contracts may limit the possibilities  —  Amazon reportedly seeks a bigger hand in Android phone software  —  Amazon is reportedly in talks with OEMs to “gain a bigger backdoor to Google's Android.”
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Google Offers More Details On Ads In AMP, Set To Launch In Search Next Month  —  With more than 20 ad tech vendors joining the initiative, publishers should be able to support most ad serving scenarios in AMP pages at launch.  —  Since Google announced that AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) …
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 …

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