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February 2, 2016, 12:15 AM

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Alphabet Investor Relations:
Alphabet Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Results  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.  —  “Our very strong revenue growth in Q4 reflects the vibrancy of our business …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Gmail now has more than 1B active users, up from 900M in May 2015  —  Gmail now has more than 1 billion active users  —  Gmail, Google's email service, now has more than 1 billion active users, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said during today's Alphabet (GOOG) earnings call.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp passes 1B monthly active users, says 42B messages and 1.6B photos are shared daily, and users send 250M videos every day  —  WhatsApp passes 1 billion monthly active users  —  WhatsApp has joined a growing club of services that can now count having more than 1 billion monthly active users …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
After blockbuster earnings, Alphabet is set to pass Apple as the world's most valuable public company Tuesday  —  Google passes Apple as most valuable company  —  Google-parent Alphabet passed Apple as the most valuable company in the world.  At current after-hours levels …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IDC: Tablet shipments decline 10.1% in 2015, leaders Apple and Samsung both lose market share  —  The tablet market is still in decline.  —  Q4 2015 is the fifth straight quarter in a row to see a decrease year over year: 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7 percent from the 76.4 million units …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to unveil cost-cutting plan that includes up to 15% staff reduction, closure of some units  —  Yahoo's Marissa Mayer to Unveil Cost-Cutting Plan  —  Chief executive is expected to announce a cost-cutting plan that includes the closing of several units …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google expands presidential candidate cards in search results and Now with info about candidates' positions on issues, will also offer primary voting reminders  —  Google Expanding Candidate Cards, Will Also Offer Primary Voting Reminders  —  Building on an experiment following …
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Sesame Ventures partners with Collaborative Fund on $10M Collab+Sesame Fund to invest in tech for children  —  Sesame Launches A Venture Arm To Invest In Startups That Help Kids  —  In 1966, Sesame Street's founders wondered whether the prevailing entertainment technology of the time …
Facebook:
Facebook says it's now using feedback from user surveys in News Feed when selecting stories, warns some Pages will lose referral traffic  —  News Feed FYI: Using Qualitative Feedback to Show Relevant Stories  —  The goal of News Feed is to show you the stories that matter most to you.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
New technologies like connected TVs, cars, bulbs, wearables, and more give government ample means to track suspects, Berkman Center study finds  —  New Technologies Give Government Ample Means to Track Suspects, Study Finds  —  WASHINGTON — For more than two years the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung updates Android browser for its devices, adds support for third-party ad blocking plugins  —  Samsung's Android browser gets ad blocking capabilities  —  Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones.

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Microsoft:
How digital artist Gabriel Pulecio ‘traps infinity’ and creates beehives of light  —  His motion graphics are controlled pieces, dictated by software and digital design.  He uses Kinect to create interactivity, a key component in his work.
Zoho:
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