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January 21, 2015, 3:30 PM

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Terry Myerson / Blogging Windows:
The next generation of Windows: Windows 10  —  Today I had the honor of sharing new information about Windows 10, the new generation of Windows.  —  Our team shared more Windows 10 experiences and how Windows 10 will inspire new scenarios across the broadest range of devices, from big screens to small screens to no screens at all.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Windows 10 will be free for the first year for Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users  —  Microsoft will offer free Windows 10 upgrades from Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows 7 for one year  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft will be providing some Windows users with free upgrades …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Microsoft announces Spartan, its new browser with webpage annotation and reading list features  —  This is Spartan, Microsoft's new browser to challenge Google Chrome  —  At Microsoft's Windows 10 event today, the company unveiled its all new browser that will be alongside Internet Explorer in the next OS: Spartan.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Hands on with Microsoft's holographic goggles Project HoloLens  —  Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Unbelievable New Holographic Goggles  —  It's the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up.
WhatsApp Blog:
WhatsApp launches a desktop web app to serve Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone users  —  WhatsApp Web  —  Today, for the first time, millions of you will have the ability to use WhatsApp on your web browser.  Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations …
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
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
FreedomPop launches unlimited WiFi with 10M hotspots across US for $5/month  —  FreedomPop Turns On Unlimited Wi-Fi Across The US For $5/Month  —  FreedomPop, the startup that is trying to steal users away from mobile carriers by offering free, basic cellular voice and data plans …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Amazon ends its mobile-wallet beta six months after launch  —  Amazon to fold its mobile-wallet app beta on Wednesday  —  The closure comes amid rocky efforts by tech companies to expand into the financial industry.  —  Amazon will pull the plug on its Amazon Wallet beta on Wednesday …
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 …
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.

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