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January 31, 2014, 3:15 PM

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Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Nadella in contract talks with Microsoft board, asks Gates to assist with technology, strategy  —  Satya Nadella in Contract Talks With Microsoft Board  —  CEO Appointment Could Lead to a New Role for Bill Gates  —  Microsoft Corp.'s board is in contract negotiations with veteran executive Satya Nadella …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Microsoft board set to meet this weekend, CEO choice coming next week  —  Microsoft Board Set to Meet This Weekend — Just Not During Super Bowl — With CEO Choice Coming Next Week  —  According to numerous sources, the board of Microsoft will be meeting sometime this weekend to begin …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft's board preparing to make Satya Nadella CEO, may replace Gates as chairman  —  Microsoft Said to Be Preparing to Make Satya Nadella CEO  —  Microsoft Corp.'s board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Nest Team Will Become Google's Core Hardware Group  —  Google today sold Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion.  While many speculated that Google would release phones after it bought Motorola in 2011, it didn't happen — Motorola remained a partner like other Android OEMs.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Lenovo CEO on Apple, Samsung: ‘Our mission is to surpass them’  —  In an interview with Fortune, Yuanqing Yang says that his company seeks to replicate its ThinkPad success with Motorola.  —  FORTUNE — Fresh from signing a $2.91 billion deal with Larry Page to acquire Google's Motorola unit …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Over 900 IBM Patents Following Infringement Claim, Enters Cross-Licensing Agreement  —  Twitter announced today that it has acquired over 900 patents from IBM, and that it has entered into a cross-licensing agreement with the Internet services and software company.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default  —  Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1.  While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the “Metro” interface at boot …
Lily Hay Newman / Slate:
Game Developers Are Trolling the Makers of Candy Crush With Other “Candy” Games  —  What if a game developer was so concerned about protecting its viral iOS hit that it trademarked the word candy in Europe, and then succeeded in getting Apple to enforce the trademark?
CBC News:
Snowden documents reveal Canadian spy agency used airport Wi-Fi to track passengers “for days after they left the terminal”  —  Canadian spy agency used airport Wi-Fi to track passengers for days after they left the terminal  —  Electronic snooping was part of a trial run for U.S. NSA and other foreign services
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook now lets advertisers target users based on purchases in retail stores  —  Facebook Uses Data to Charm Advertisers  —  Facebook Refined its Tools that Allow Advertisers to Target Users Based on Spending Habits in Brick and Mortar Stores  —  To make the journey from underachiever …
Brian Fung / The Switch:
The FCC is ‘beta testing’ a next-gen telephone network  —  Federal regulators have taken their first major step in accelerating the country's move toward high-capacity, fiber optic phone networks.  In a unanimous vote Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission approved a program …
Mark DeCambre / Quartz:
Box has secretly filed for an IPO  —  Box, the online storage company, has secretly filed paperwork for an initial public offering, according to a source.  —  That means Box could start trading as a public company before its chief rival, Dropbox.  Both are among the most anticipated tech IPOs of this year.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Nintendo offers a vague, confusing, unfocused vision for its future  —  The briefings Nintendo gives following its quarterly earnings results are usually relatively dry affairs, filled with charts of worldwide gaming hardware breakdowns and canned enthusiasm about upcoming game releases.
Harry McCracken / TIME:
Yahoo to Donna Users: We're Dispensing With Your Indispensable App  —  Incredible Labs — the company behind smart-calendar app Donna — is being acquired by Yahoo.  The app is being shut down, and most of the folks who worked on it will join the Yahoo Mail team.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Buys NaturalMotion For $527M, Signaling A New Tack For The Gaming Giant  —  Zynga has long been famous (or infamous?) for its data-driven approach to game design.  The company never focused on building strong character IP, or intellectual property, in favor of releasing games that had been thoroughly funnel-tested.

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