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February 4, 2016, 9:55 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to update iPhone trade-in program to give credit for units with damaged displays, will offer screen protector installation  —  Apple launching new broken iPhone upgrade, screen protector installation programs  —  Apple is gearing up to launch a pair of new retail initiatives centered around …
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn stock drops 30% after hours on weak guidance but company beats expectations with $862M in Q4 revenue  —  LinkedIn Tumbles 30% On Earnings Guidance  —  LinkedIn reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell Thursday.  While the company beat analyst estimates on both income and revenue …
Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
The quality and reliability of Apple's apps on iOS and OS X have gradually degraded over the past few years  —  Mossberg: Apple's apps need work  —  People think of Apple as a maker of excellent premium hardware.  In fact, many reviewers regard Apple devices as the best you can buy.
Official Android Blog:
Android Wear adds new gestures, speaker support, and ability to send messages using your voice  —  Android Wear: Designed for your wrist  —  You're walking to meet a friend with coffee in hand.  Or maybe it's really cold outside, so you're rocking a pair of mittens.  Or maybe you're in the middle of making dinner.
Lucas Ballard / Google Online Security Blog:
Chrome's Safe Browsing feature now warns users about sites with deceptive embedded content, like fake download buttons  —  No More Deceptive Download Buttons  —  In November, we announced that Safe Browsing would protect you from social engineering attacks - deceptive tactics that try …
Taylor Loren / Latergramme Blog:
Instagram Rolls Out Multiple Account Switching for Some iOS Users  —  Now You Can Add Multiple Accounts on Instagram - If You're Lucky  —  If you're using Instagram on iOS, you might have access to one of the most-requested features for Instagram - and not even know it.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Pay is now available in 2M retail locations, coming soon to Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, Zappos, and Au Bon Pain  —  Apple Pay Locations Reach 2 Million, With Chick-Fil-A to Come  —  The mobile-payment service doubled in-apps purchase volume  —  Greater competition looms while consumers still skeptical
New York Times:
Sharp says it's leaning toward a takeover offer from Foxconn over offer from the Japanese government-backed fund INCJ  —  Sharp leaning toward takeover offer from Foxconn over offer from government-backed fund  —  NAGOYA, Japan — Sharp, the struggling Japanese technology company best known …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Driving analytics company Zendrive raises $13.5M led by Sherpa Capital  —  Zendrive raises $13.5M to make roads safer by tracking your driving behaviors  —  Zendrive today announced that it has raised $13.5 million in funding for its technology to make transportation safer.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
General Catalyst Raises $845 Million Venture Fund  —  Firm announces eighth fund, bringing total to $3.75 billion  —  General Catalyst has invested in Airbnb, Stripe, Snapchat  —  General Catalyst Partners, a backer of technology startups such as Snapchat Inc. and Stripe Inc. …

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