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January 27, 2015, 7:20 PM

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Apple:
Apple Reports Record First Quarter Results  —  Highest-ever revenue & earnings drive 48% increase in EPS  —  Growth led by record revenue from iPhone, Mac & App Store  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Apple sells a record 74.5M iPhones in Q1, a 46% YoY increase, 21.4M iPads, a 21% decrease  —  Apple breaks its sales records with 74.5M iPhones in Q1 2015, but iPad sales decline 21% to 21.4M  —  The iPhone continues to carry Apple.  —  As part of the company's latest quarterly earnings announcement …
Jinen Kamdar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter starts rolling out group Direct Messaging, 30-second video capture and sharing  —  Now on Twitter: group Direct Messages and mobile video camera  —  A few months ago, we mentioned some features coming soon, and today we're excited to start rolling out two of them: group messaging and a new mobile video experience.
Dennis Kish / Google Fiber Blog:
Google confirms Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham  —  Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham  —  It's been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Wall Street Gets What It Wanted From Marissa Mayer: Here's the Yahoo Plan to Spin Off Rest of Alibaba Stake  —  Yahoo said it would spin off the rest of its stake in China's Alibaba Group today, in order to create a tax-free distribution to its investors.  It said the transaction will result …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Snapchat's new Discover feature puts news and entertainment a swipe away from your stories  —  Snapchat has launched “Discover,” a new feature that highlights stories and videos provided both by outside publishers, and by Snapchat's in-house team of journalists and videographers.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 software update w/ stability improvements, reduces space required to update  —  Apple released the iOS 8.1.3 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today.  The update is available over-the-air through the Software Update section of the Settings app.
Richard Leider / YouTube Engineering …:
YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video instead of Flash  —  YouTube now defaults to HTML5  —  Four years ago, we wrote about YouTube's early support for the HTML5 <video> tag and how it performed compared to Flash.  At the time, there were limitations that held it back from becoming our preferred platform for video delivery.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple Pay coming to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, paid parking & other self-serve locations  —  While individual retailers have been announcing support for Apple Pay as more NFC terminals enable the service, it's still hit and miss on vending machines and other self-serve, unattended hardware.
Rainey Reitman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF's Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance  —  We have a problem when it comes to stopping mass surveillance.  —  The entity that's conducting the most extreme and far-reaching surveillance against most of the world's communications—the National Security Agency—is bound by United States law.

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