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January 14, 2015, 7:50 PM

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BlackBerry Press Room:
BlackBerry denies it has engaged in buyout discussions with Samsung  —  BlackBerry Responds to Media Report  —  Waterloo, ON - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) ("BlackBerry") is aware of certain press reports published today with respect to a possible offer by Samsung to purchase BlackBerry.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
BlackBerry shares spiked almost 30% after Samsung buyout report, back down about 15% after BlackBerry denial; claim that Samsung wanted patents appears suspect  —  BlackBerry Denies Samsung Is Trying To Buy It, And Now The Stock Is Tanking  —  BlackBerry denies that Samsung is trying to buy it …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook launching “Facebook at Work” employee collaboration tool with a handful of test companies  —  Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks  —  About six months ago, we reported that Facebook was working on a new product aimed squarely …
Reuters:
Google has begun discussions with top automakers including General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Daimler, and Volkswagen, to bring self-driving cars to market by 2020  —  Google partners with auto suppliers on self-driving car  —  (Reuters) - Internet company Google Inc has begun discussions …
Barak Turovsky / The Official Google Blog:
Google Translate mobile app auto-detects language in spoken conversations and adds instant translate in camera view  —  Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app  —  Often the hardest part of traveling is navigating the local language.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google's modular Project Ara smartphone to pilot in Puerto Rico later this year with between 20 and 30 Ara modules available by launch  —  Google's modular Project Ara smartphone will begin pilot testing in Puerto Rico later this year  —  Google is holding its second Project Ara developer's conference today …
Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin falls below $185; hash rate drops, mining not profitable, making network volatile  —  Bitcoin Price Continues to Fall, Breaks $200 Mark  —  The bitcoin price fell below the landmark $200 point at 07:24 (GMT) today, putting it back into territory not seen since late 2013.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Squeezes Windows Phone To $81 With Entry Level Lumia 435, $93 With Lumia 532  —  Microsoft has announced two new Lumia smartphones running its Windows Phone 8.1 mobile OS, both focused on beefing up the portfolio at the lower end and expanding the platform's appeal in emerging markets to try to compete with budget Androids.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Google Voice founder and former Google Ventures general partner Wesley Chan joins Felicis Ventures as managing director  —  Former Google Ventures General Partner Wesley Chan Joins Felicis Ventures As Managing Director  —  One of the earliest members of both Google and Google Ventures has found a new home.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Moovit Picks Up $50 Million to Help Transit Riders Find Faster Routes … Moovit has raised $50 million for a mobile app that lets riders plan trips and anticipate obstacles on local public transit systems in more than 500 cities around the world.  —  The Series C round includes corporate …

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