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February 2, 2016, 7:55 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple eyes March 15 event for iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 & Apple Watch updates  —  Apple is currently aiming to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to sources.  We previously reported that Apple …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Yahoo announces 15% staff cut, will close 5 overseas offices as part of “aggressive strategic plan”, $1.27B in quarterly revenue, up 1.5% YoY, beating estimates  —  Yahoo to lay off 15% of its workforce as part of ‘aggressive strategic plan’  —  Yahoo (YHOO) announced plans today …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
A look at the $1M motivational guidebook commissioned by Marissa Mayer for all Yahoo employees  —  Marissa Mayer's Big Red Book: A Guide to What the Yahoo CEO Will Do Next  —  In the late fall, employees across Yahoo arrived at work to find a message from CEO Marissa Mayer on their desks.
Travis Kalanick / Uber Global:
Uber announces major rebranding with icons designed to reflect regional colors and patterns, as well as a new logotype  —  Celebrating Cities: A New Look and Feel for Uber  —  Have you ever looked at someone's hairstyle and thought “oh my, you peaked in the 1990s?”  Well that's a bit how I feel about Uber's look today.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon plans to open “300 to 400” brick-and-mortar bookstores, according to CEO of mall operator General Growth Properties  —  Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says  —  The Seattle company plans as many as 400 bookstores, according to the chief executive of General Growth Properties
Financial Times:
Sources: Microsoft to acquire AI powered keyboard maker Swiftkey for about $250M  —  Microsoft in $250m artificial intelligence keyboards deal  —  Microsoft is paying around $250m to acquire London-based Swiftkey, maker of a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence that is installed …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
US, Europe reach safe harbor data deal, includes ombudsman in State Dept. for quick response to grievances; privacy rights advocates may file legal challenges  —  U.S. and Europe in ‘Safe Harbor’ Data Deal, but Legal Fight May Await  —  European officials on Tuesday agreed to a deal …
TechCrunch:
Twitter now lets logged out mobile visitors see full conversations, not just individual tweets, brings the redesigned homepage to 23 new countries  —  Twitter Starts Taking Its Logged-Out Users Seriously  —  Twitter announced two updates today that should make it easier to use for logged-out users …
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg Business:
Nintendo quarterly profit down 36% as Wii U and 3DS sales drop; first smartphone game on track for March release  —  Oh No Mario: Nintendo Profit Dives as Buyers Await Mobile Games  —  Wii U, 3DS hardware sales languish despite Splatoon, Mario  —  President Kimishima affirms first smartphone game in March
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile has fastest US 4G network, closely followed by Verizon, with AT&T and Sprint lagging behind, says crowdsourced mobile data company OpenSignal  —  T-Mobile is fastest U.S. 4G network, according to crowdsourced mobile data company OpenSignal  —  A new report from OpenSignal shines …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud Gets Its Own Radio Feature With Launch Of “Stations” On iOS And Android  —  With opportune timing, given Apple's decision to put its curated iTunes Radio stations behind a paywall, music streaming service SoundCloud today launched its own take on continuous, lean-back listening with the debut of “Stations.”

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