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January 22, 2015, 7:40 AM

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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.
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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Hands-on with Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3  —  Windows 10 finally unites tablets and laptops  —  We've just spent a few minutes with a build of Windows 10 on a few different computers, including a Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  It's snappy and fast in a way that some doubters don't believe Windows can be …
More: CNET
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Google is preparing to sell wireless plans running on Sprint and T-Mobile networks  —  Google's Next Telecom Move: Becoming a Wireless Carrier  —  Google is preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network …
Paul Rosania / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out “While you were away” feature to iOS users, coming soon to Android and web  —  While you were away...  Today we're introducing something new to your home timeline: a recap of some of the top Tweets you might have missed from accounts you follow.
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 …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory  —  At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones.  After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Gift Card Marketplaces Raise Grabs $56 Million From NEA And Others  —  A company offering a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell their unused gift cards, Raise.com, announced this morning it has taken in a sizable $56 million round of Series B funding, led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA).
More: VentureBeat and Re/code
David Shamah / ZDNet:
Amazon looking to buy datacenter tech startup Annapurna Labs for $350m  —  Summary:Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy a stealth-mode Israeli startup that could give its datacenters a boost.  —  After almost a year of searching, Amazon has found its Israel ‘soulmate,’ which is developing …
More: Reuters and Tech.eu
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
eBay to Cut 2,400 Jobs and Explore Sale or IPO of Enterprise Unit  —  EBay said today that it would cut about seven percent of its workforce globally in the first quarter as it looks to reduce costs ahead of its planned spinoff of PayPal.  The company also said it would explore a sale or IPO …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google stops selling the last Google Play Edition device, the HTC One M8  —  The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition Is No Longer Available In The Play Store, Leaving No GPE Devices For Sale  —  Google Play Edition phones and tablets started dropping like flies last year, and now we've reached the eventual conclusion.

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