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January 22, 2015, 1:30 PM

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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Inside Nadella's plan to reinvent Microsoft, starting with HoloLens, a flatter org chart, and a willingness to forge new partnerships  —  Satya Nadella's Got a Plan to Make You Care About Microsoft.  The First Step?  Holograms … REDMOND MISSED MOBILE  —  The old Microsoft never gained turf in smartphone operating systems.
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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 …
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 …
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).
Horace Dediu / Asymco:
Apple paid iOS app developers $10B in 2014, more than Hollywood's US box office revenues  —  Bigger than Hollywood  —  Apple paid $10 billion to developers in calendar 2014.  Additional statistics for the App store are:  — $500 million spent on iOS apps in first week of January 2015
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.
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Office 2016, coming in the second half of 2015  —  At its Windows 10 event yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the touch-optimized version of Office.  Today, the company offered more details about that version, and then snuck in another announcement: the next desktop version …
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Persado Raises $21 Million to Replace Human Copywriters With Computers  —  Persado Inc. has raised another $21 million for software that aims to replace copywriters with computers, in another demonstration of the power of machines to solve problems that used to be the sole domain of humans.

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