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January 21, 2015, 2:15 PM

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Microsoft:
Livestream: Microsoft Windows 10 media event in Redmond, Washington  —  Windows 10: Briefing  —  Join us right here on January 21 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time to learn about the next chapter for Windows 10.
The Verge:
Live blog: Microsoft unveils Windows 10  —  Live from Microsoft's Windows 10 event  —  4:08:56 PM PST Microsoft will be streaming the event, so follow along as you read Tom Warren right here!  12:26:20 PM PST Hey there!  We'll be live from Seattle on January 21st, beginning at 9AM PT / 12PM ET.
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 …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Microsoft Cortana virtual assistant is coming to the PC with Windows 10  —  One of the most identifying characteristics of Windows Phone is Cortana, Microsoft's version of a virtual assistant that's reminiscent of Apple's Siri and Google Now.  Now, however, the software giant is bringing …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Acquires Machine Learning Commerce Recommendation Engine Kosei  —  Facebook knows who you were.  Google knows what you want now.  But Pinterest yearns to know what you want next, which is “exactly” why it acquired recommendation engine startup Kosei, Pinterest's head of engineering Michael Lopp tells me.
Serena Saitto / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber raises $1.6B in convertible debt from Goldman Sachs' clients  —  Uber Said to Raise $1.6 Billion in Convertible Debt to Expand  —  Uber Technologies Inc. raised $1.6 billion in convertible debt from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)'s wealth management clients …
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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