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January 21, 2015, 10:45 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung to drop Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and use its own chip in next Galaxy smartphone  —  Samsung Said to Drop Qualcomm Chip From Next Galaxy Smartphone  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will use its own microprocessors in the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple acquires UK startup Semetric, which runs music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Apple buys the British startup behind music analytics service Musicmetric  —  Company helps record labels track digital sales, streams and social stats, and could become part of Beats Music relaunch
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Dropbox acquires Israel-based CloudOn, a developer of mobile productivity tools  —  Dropbox Dips Into Israel With CloudOn Buy  —  Acquisitive tech startup Dropbox just gobbled up another young app maker to bolster its European expansion.  —  The cloud-storage provider on Tuesday closed …
Cooper Quintin / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites  —  The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov-the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care-is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Users of 3rd-party WhatsApp clients reportedly being banned from the service for 24 hours  —  WhatsApp is one of the most-used messaging apps in existence, and today countless users of the service have taken to Google+ and Twitter to report that they're being banned from the service for 24 hours.
Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
White House breaks own State of the Union embargo for online audience  —  Obama administration posts full text of president's speech before its own media embargo in unprecedented decision targeting internet-savvy readers  —  The White House posted the entire text of President Obama's 2015 State …
Bloomberg:
Shazam raises $30M at a valuation of over $1B, has over 100M monthly active mobile users  —  Shazam Music App Valued at More Than $1 Billion in New Funding  —  Shazam Entertainment Ltd. raised $30 million in a new financing that values the music-finding application at more than $1 billion.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 40 for iOS arrives with Material Design, Handoff support to your default browser on OS X  —  Google today released Chrome 40 for iOS.  You can download the new version now directly from Apple's App Store.  —  The first change you'll notice in version 40.0.2214.61 is the implementation of Google's Material Design mantra.

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Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
Zoho:
How to connect in 60 seconds...  The best sales professionals are always looking for the slightest advantage to help them connect with more clients and close more deals.  —  They focus on small things …
CB Insights:
The Top 100 Venture Capitalists  —  For a third consecutive year, we worked with The New York Times to develop a data-driven ranking of the world's best venture capital partners.  Here are the top 100.

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