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January 16, 2015, 10:25 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google is interested in buying mobile payments company Softcard, price could be less than $100M  —  Google Is In Talks With Softcard, The Mobile Payments Company  —  Apple has Apple Pay, and now it looks like Google may be fattening up its own wallet.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Republicans introduce net neutrality legislation which would strip rule-making power from the FCC, avoid a major reclassification of broadband service  —  Republicans want a net neutrality law, but only if it stops the FCC from handling it  —  A month before the FCC votes on a new net neutrality proposal …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Faryaab S. / SamMobile:
Samsung to use Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor in Galaxy S6 instead of swipe-based sensor  —  Exclusive: Samsung opts for a touch-based fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S6  —  A smartphone is one of the most personal devices a human being can own, and it's one of those devices where compromising on security is not an option.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo combines ad products into one unit, to be led by Prashant Fuloria, former executive at Google, Flurry, and Facebook  —  Yahoo Reorganizes Ad Product Team, Says Memo to Staff  —  Marissa Mayer is reorganizing management at Yahoo as part of her effort to jumpstart the company's stagnant advertising business.
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UK cybercrime unit and FBI arrest 18-year-old man in UK for “swatting” offenses and DDoS attacks on Playstation Network and Xbox Live  —  Man arrested for ‘swatting’ and denial of service offences  —  SEROCU, has worked closely with the FBI on the operation which focused …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Obama backs call for tech backdoors  —  President Obama wants a backdoor to track people's social media messages.  —  The president on Friday came to the defense of British Prime Minister David Cameron's call for tech companies to create holes in their technology to allow the government to track suspected terrorists or criminals.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
How Google Search is using Knowledge Graph, Voice Search, and Google Now to transition to the mobile dominant world  —  How Google Search Dealt With Mobile  —  Google's flagship product has been part of our lives for so long that we take it for granted.  But Google doesn't.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook Messenger tests Google Voice-style transcriptions for sound clips  —  Another victory in the war against voicemail  —  Voicemail is one of the least efficient ways of communicating, and yet a form of it survives in many messaging apps.  Facebook added voice clips to Facebook Messenger in 2013 …
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint's Virgin Mobile launches new prepaid shared data plans at Walmart, with option for unlimited data in select apps for $5/month  —  Sprint dumps Virgin Mobile Custom brand, but keeps ItsOn technology and Walmart partnership  —  Sprint launches new shared data plans under Virgin Mobile banner
New York Times:
DoJ acknowledges DEA kept records of Americans' international calls, suspended program in September 2013  —  D.E.A. Kept Telephone Records on Americans, Justice Department Says  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department revealed on Thursday the existence of yet another database of American telephone records …

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