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January 26, 2015, 10:35 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Cloud and Devices Momentum Highlights Second Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud revenue grows triple-digits for the sixth consecutive quarter, reaching an annualized revenue run rate of $5.5 billion REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft sees Surface revenue jump to $1.1B in Q2 2015, sells record 10.5M Lumia smartphones  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement, Microsoft today revealed Surface revenue increased to $1.1 billion in Q2 2015, driven mainly by Surface Pro 3 and its accessories.
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Eileen Sullivan / Associated Press:
Sheriffs pressure Google to disable Waze feature that warns when police are near, saying it endangers officers  —  Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby.
Spencer Woodman / The Verge:
Exclusive: politicians are supporting Comcast's TWC merger with letters ghostwritten by Comcast  —  On August 21st, 2014, Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell, Georgia, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission expressing emphatic support for Comcast's controversial effort to merge with Time Warner Cable.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Testing A Simple App For Low-End Android Phones  —  Not content with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Facebook has launched another standalone app.  Facebook Lite, which some may recall as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010 …
Re/code:
Snapchat “Discover” Content Feature Launches Tuesday  —  Snapchat's boosters have long argued the company could be more than just a messaging service: It could also be a platform for media companies to reach the startup's youthful audience.  —  Now Snapchat will try to deliver on its promises.
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
Nest to replace old Dropcams for free before they go dark April 15  —  One downside of having products that require cloud services in order to work is that the physical objects can suddenly become obsolete.  —  Over the weekend, Dropcam announced a “legacy camera replacement program,” …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins tried to ‘acquire’ Social+Capital Partnership  —  Venture capital stalwart Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recently tried to “acquire” Social+Capital Partnership, a Palo Alto-based VC firm formed in 2011 by former Facebook FB executive Chamath Palihapitiya, Fortune has learned.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
WSJ: Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Nashville and North Carolina  —  Rumors broke over the weekend that Google might bring its gigabit internet Fiber connection to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC next, but it's not stopping there.  The Tennesseean reports Nashville has an announcement planned …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Dropbox acquires design-minded collaboration software startup Pixelapse  —  Summary:Pixelapse will remain a standalone product as a migration plan to the core Dropbox platform is hatched out.  —  Dropbox has added another collaboration startup to the portfolio with the acquisition of Pixelapse.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Oculus announces Story Studio to make its own VR movies, first film “Lost” debuts this week  —  Oculus is now making its own virtual reality movies  —  Story Studio is the company's internal team exploring what it calls ‘VR cinema’  —  The prominence of virtual reality …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Online Learning Service Pluralsight Acquires Code School For $36 Million  —  Online technology training service Pluralsight has acquired the Orlando, Fla.-based Code School, which offers dozens of instructional courses and videos for developers both online and via mobile apps.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
OS X 10.10.2 Includes Fix for ‘Thunderstrike’ Hardware Exploit Affecting Macs  —  Apple is readying a fix in OS X 10.10.2 for the so-called “Thunderstrike” hardware exploit targeting Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports, iMore has learned.  According to the report, Apple patched the vulnerability …
Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Former Motorola CEO: Nexus 6 doesn't have fingerprint reader because Apple bought AuthenTec, the best supplier  —  Dennis Woodside on Motorola, Google and the future of Dropbox  —  Silicon Valley veteran Dennis Woodside reveals a Motorola Nexus 6 secret, and tells Matt Warman …
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Digital-Payments Company Ripple Labs Is Finalizing a $30 Million Funding Round  —  Ripple Labs, the developer of a bitcoin-like technology that enables institutions to transfer money internationally, is closing in on a $30 million funding round, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.
Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk:
Coinbase's US Bitcoin Exchange Opens Doors to Traders  —  Bitcoin services provider Coinbase officially launched its exchange product today to consumers in 24 states.  —  The news follows what proved a dramatic runup to the launch, one sparked by a single teaser tweet that caused speculation to run rampant Sunday.

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