February 3, 2016, 7:10 PM

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Harry Shum / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires SwiftKey, promises to continue developing its Android and iOS apps  —  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 …
Financial Times:
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Google's search chief Amit Singhal retires, to be replaced by AI manager John Giannandrea  —  Google's search chief is retiring  —  Google's search chief, Amit Singhal, is retiring, he announced Wednesday morning.  —  He has been at Google for 15 years and will be leaving the company …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Adblock Fast, a plugin for Samsung's browser, removed from Google Play days after launching because it “interferes” with third-party apps  —  Adblock Fast disappears from Google Play days after launch  —  Over the weekend, Samsung added support for content-blocking plugins …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Sources: Amazon plans more physical stores, including retail stores that aren't bookstores, but has no immediate plans for 300-400 stores  —  Meet the Guy Behind Amazon's Secret Retail Store Plans  —  The man behind the Kindle is leading Amazon's project to create the retail stores of the future.
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Fitbit launches Alta, a fashionable bracelet-like activity tracker, for $130, shipping in March  —  Fitbit puts fashion first with Alta, its newest activity tracker  —  Fitbit's unveiling of the new, not-exactly-attractive Blaze fitness watch last month was met with mixed reactions and a sinking stock price.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM buys German design agency, its third creative-services acquisition this week  —  IBM Buys Germany's, Its Third Creative Services Acquisition In A Week  —  IBM has made its third acquisition in the space of a week — and its second in Europe — to expand its front-end design …

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