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January 9, 2015, 4:15 AM

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Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
In the last year Google's share of US search traffic fell 4.1% to 75.2% in biggest drop since 2009; Yahoo's share grew 4% to 10.4%  —  Google Loses Most U.S. Search Share Since 2009 While Yahoo Gains  —  Google Inc. (GOOG)'s dominance of the U.S. Internet search market slipped last month …
The Cluetrain Manifesto:
Two “Cluetrain Manifesto” authors present 121 “New Clues” to take on threats to the Internet of 2015  —  New Clues  —  Hear, O Internet.  It has been sixteen years since our previous communication.  In that time the People of the Internet — you and me and all our friends …
John Herrman / The Awl:
Facebook's latest post on video growth shows intent to demote publishers to producers, with uncertain benefits  —  Territory Annexed  —  Here is an update from Facebook about what “the shift to video”—that is, the sudden prevalence of auto-playing clips posted directly to the site—means to “creators.”
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
Uber cuts prices for riders and guarantees earnings for drivers in 48 cities starting Friday  —  Uber just cut prices in 48 markets  —  This hasn't happened in awhile.  Uber just slashed its cost in 48 of its US markets.  The last time it started giving such big discounts was half a year ago, at the start of summer.
Conor Dougherty / New York Times:
Google may launch an auto insurance comparison shopping site in US as early as Q1 this year  —  New Clues on Google's Plans for Insurance  —  The insurance industry takes it for granted that Google will soon introduce its Google Compare auto insurance shopping site, which has been in Britain for two years, in the United States.
Chris Mellor / The Register:
Samsung unveils PCIe SSD with data speeds of up to 2.15GB/sec and low power consumption of two milliwatts in standby mode  —  Samsung's SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper  —  512GB drive draws a TINY 2mW: Yes, that's two milliwatts  —  Samsung's latest small form factor PCIe flash drive shunts data …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Google's developer diagnostic tool Cloud Trace enters beta  —  Summary:Originally introduced last June during Google I/O conference, Cloud Trace helps app developers spot hiccups and performance issues by finding the traces for slow requests.  —  Google's Cloud Platform business announced …
Re/code:
Twitter's native video product launching within weeks, may have 20-second time limit  —  Twitter's New Video Feature Is Only a Few Weeks Away  —  Twitter is planning to unveil its new video product in the next few weeks, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
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Sean Hollister / Gizmodo:
Oculus demos 3D positional audio with its latest Rift prototype at CES  —  Oculus Brings 3D Audio To Virtual Reality, And It Sounds Great  —  Sorry folks, there's no new version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset at this year's CES, and no word on when the fabled consumer version might appear.
Lester Victor Marks / AppleInsider:
Griffin's Lightning cables with reversible USB plug coming in March for $29.99  —  Griffin shows off $30 Lightning cable with reversible USB plug, coming in March  —  At CES this week, Griffin Technology took the wraps off a new USB-to-Lightning cable with a twist — the USB Type A plug …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Windows 10's Spartan browser will feature Cortana integration, stylus support for annotating webpages  —  Windows 10's new browser will have the most advanced features ever  —  Microsoft is planning to radically overhaul its web browser in Windows 10.
CoinDesk:
State of Bitcoin 2015: Ecosystem Grows Despite Price Decline  —  CoinDesk is pleased to announce the latest quarterly State of Bitcoin report, featuring a 2014 Year in Review, an in-depth analysis of data and events from the fourth quarter of 2014 and a look ahead to what 2015 might bring.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The EFF's New App Is Android-Only, As Organization Calls Out Apple For “Outrageous” Developer Terms  —  Non-profit digital rights organization EFF rolled out a new mobile application this morning, which allows users to more easily access the group's “action center” from their smartphone.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Azure cloud adds G-Series virtual machines & a key management tool  —  Microsoft is moving right along in its efforts to maintain a leading position in the public cloud market.  Today the company is announcing a public preview for a new service for storing cryptographic keys in the Azure cloud …

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