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January 27, 2015, 1:45 AM

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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 …
Brandon Bailey / Associated Press:
Microsoft shares down 4.4% after hours as investors react to “not great” results for flagship business  —  Microsoft earnings report doesn't excite market  —  1 photo  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software …
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.
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analysts expect Apple Q1 2015 sales to surpass $68B, up 21% YoY, and higher than Apple's $63.5B to $66.5B guidance  —  Handicapping Apple's earnings  —  This is one of those “big, but how big?” quarters.  —  Apple told Wall Street to expect total sales somewhere in the range of $63.5 to $66.5 billion …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands to UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore  —  Apple Maps Connect for small businesses expands beyond the U.S.  —  Apple has notified Apple Maps Connect for Small Businesses users that the service has expanded beyond the United States …
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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.
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 …
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.

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