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January 29, 2016, 11:35 AM

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple working on wireless charging tech for iOS devices that works over a distance, may be released as soon as next year  —  Apple Said Developing Wireless-Charged Phone for as Soon as 2017  —  Technology could power devices further away than charging mats
Deon Roberts / The Charlotte Observer:
Cardless ATMs coming to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Chase this year, enabling customers to perform transactions with their smartphones  —  Bank of America will allow ATM transactions using smartphones this year  —  The Charlotte-based bank joins rivals who are also planning to roll out similar technology
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says it only sold 4.5M Lumia devices last quarter, a 57% drop year-over-year  —  Windows Phone is dead  —  Windows Phone started off life as a promising alternative to Android and iOS five years ago.  Microsoft positioned its range of Windows Phone 7 handsets as the true third mobile ecosystem …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Q2: Surface revenue up 29% YoY to $1.35B; Windows Phone revenue down 49% YoY  —  Microsoft's Q2 2016: Surface strong and Lumia phones weak  —  Microsoft has published its Q2 fiscal 2016 earnings report, and the company has made $6.3 billion in net income on $25.7 billion in revenue.
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New York Times:
Facebook to shut down Parse, the toolkit for mobile developers it acquired in 2013; developers will have year-long window to migrate their data  —  Facebook to Shut Down Parse, Its Platform for Mobile Developers  —  Facebook acquired Parse, a toolkit and support system for mobile developers, in 2013.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
LG patches vulnerability discovered in Smart Notice, a preinstalled app on the G3 affecting an estimated 10M phones  —  LG closes data-theft hole affecting millions of G3 smartphones  —  Bug allows attackers to embed malicious code in data fed to phone.  —  LG is closing a security hole …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sony Posts $1B Profit For Q3 2015 But Feels Pinch From Slowing Mobile Market  —  Another quarter of promise for Sony.  The Japanese tech giant just released its Q3 2015 financial results, posting net income of 120.1 billion JPY ($1 billion) on total revenue of 2,580.8 billion JPY ($21.5 billion) …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Metadata can be scraped from your messages even when you use PGP encryption  —  Ever since the Snowden revelations, more and more people have been educating themselves on how to use encryption.  One of the first programs people might turn to is Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP …
Christine Hall / FOSS Force:
SourceForge Media acquires Slashdot Media; sources say longtime Slashdot employees are being replaced by inexperienced, less costly staff  —  SourceForge and Slashdot Have Been Sold  —  Breaking News  —  Editor's note: This breaking news story was updated on Thursday, January 28 …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon misses Q4 expectations with $35.75B in revenue, best-ever net income of $482M; stock down over 8%  —  Amazon Reports Best Quarterly Profit Ever  —  Shares, though, tumble as results fall below analyst expectations  —  Amazon.com Inc. reported the largest quarterly profit …
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Bloomberg Business:
Apple says it has acquired LearnSprout, a startup that creates software for schools and teachers to track students' performance  —  Apple Acquires Education-Tech Startup LearnSprout  —  The iPhone maker bought startup to develop education software  —  LearnSprout competes with Sequoia-backed startup Clever

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