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January 22, 2015, 12:10 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Office 2016, slated for release in the second half of 2015  —  At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft unveiled more about the touch-optimized version of Office.  Today, the company posted more details about that version, and then snuck in another announcement …
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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.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Button Raises $12 Million to Make the App World as Interconnected as the Web  —  Could 2015 be the year of “deep linking?”  —  One startup trying to ride that wave is Button, a New York City-based company which is today announcing a $12 million Series A investment less than a year after its launch.
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
In-flight Wi-Fi is getting slower, less reliable, and more expensive as demand increases  —  The Sorry State of In-Flight Wi-Fi  —  35,000 FEET, SOMEWHERE OVER THE MIDWEST — I've finally found something on commercial flights that's worse than airplane food: the Wi-Fi.
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).
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 …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat  —  Kim Dotcom, the infamous entrepreneur behind Megaupload, has released his latest product.  Currently in beta, MegaChat is a browser-based encrypted video calling and file-sharing platform that is being positioned as a Skype competitor.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Tumblr's Creatrs Network connects Tumblr's top artists with brands to help make ads  —  Tumblr wants its best artists to create ads people actually like  —  Tumblr's beautiful, GIF-filled feed is what keeps bringing visitors back, and it wants to make sure the feed stays that way even as brands begin to fill it with ads.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Illinois law says schools can ask for students' Facebook passwords if they violate policy  —  Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords  —  School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon launches Kindle Textbook Creator to help schools turn PDFs into digital books  —  Amazon has unveiled a new program designed to help educational establishments and authors produce ebooks for students.  —  With KDP EDU and the Kindle Textbook Creator, Amazon is expanding its Kindle Direct Publishing …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Ex-Facebookers at Interana raise $20M for mass-scale event data  —  Interana, a Menlo Park, California, analytics startup that officially launched in October has closed a $20 million Series B round.  Index Ventures led the round, which also included new investors AME Cloud Ventures, Harris Barton and Cloudera's Mike Olson.
Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat:
Netflix says piracy is still a major competitor, cites Popcorn Time's rise in the Netherlands  —  Netflix CEO shows why piracy is a major threat again (in 3 charts)  —  Netflix had thought it beat back the threat of piracy.  Back in 2011, when it popularized movie streaming …
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 …

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