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February 3, 2016, 7:55 AM

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Harry Shum / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires SwiftKey in support of re-inventing productivity ambition  —  I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging SwiftKey software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices.
Financial Times:
Microsoft acquires AI powered keyboard maker Swiftkey, sources say 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 …
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
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:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Source: iPhone 7 will be similar in design to iPhone 6, but will have a flush rear camera, and no antenna bands on back  —  First Details on iPhone 7 Design: Flush Rear Camera, No Antenna Bands Across the Back  —  Apple's iPhone 7 isn't expected to launch until the usual September timeframe …
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.
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 …
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: YouTube working toward live 360-degree video broadcasting, meeting with camera manufacturers  —  YouTube Developing Live 360-Degree Video Capability  —  YouTube is developing the capability to livestream 360-degree video on its platform, BuzzFeed News has learned.
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
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft recalls AC power cords for Surface Pro devices sold before March 15, 2015  —  Microsoft recalls power cords for Surface tablets  —  The recall involves AC power cords sold before March that are used with several Surface Pro models.  —  Microsoft is recalling about 2.44 million …

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