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January 28, 2015, 12:30 PM

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Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Sony announces Spotify-powered PlayStation Music streaming service for PS4, PS3, and Xperia devices; Music Unlimited shutting down March 29  —  PlayStation, Meet Spotify  —  Hello everyone!  I'm thrilled today to introduce a new music destination called PlayStation Music, with Spotify as the exclusive partner.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever  —  Apple had a pretty good quarter.  —  And by “pretty good,” I mean it was the biggest quarter in history.  And not just for Apple.  For any company.  Ever.  —  This page charts the past record holders.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple reports $16.1B in revenue from greater China, up 70% from same period a year ago  —  Apple's Earnings Soar on Strong iPhones Sales in China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is famous for setting trends.  —  In China, though, Apple has found success by following one.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Slack Buys Screenhero To Add Screen Sharing And Voice Chat To Its Work Messaging Platform  —  Slack, the enterprise collaboration service that has raised $180 million and proven to be a runaway success with 365,000 daily active users, has made another acquisition to add more functionality …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Facebook:
Facebook Super Bowl hub collects posts and videos from friends, news outlets, players, and teams  —  Introducing a New Super Bowl Experience on Facebook  —  By Alex Himel, Engineering Director and Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships  —  More than 50 million people joined …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
FCC: Blocking Wi-Fi in hotels is prohibited  —  Marriott asked the FCC to please let it block Wi-Fi.  The hotel gets a firm answer.  —  On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission issued an “Enforcement Advisory” stating that blocking W-Fi in hotels is unequivocally “prohibited.”
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple took down Photos for OS X preview pages, but launch plan still on track  —  Apple made a small change to its website last year upon the public release of OS X Yosemite that has led some to question the release date of Photos.app for Mac.  Originally announced for an “early 2015″ release …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Misfit Flash fitness wearable will gain ability to control Nest, August, and Logitech connected devices, communicate with IFTTT, Yo, and Spotify  —  Misfit turns $50 Flash fitness band into smart home remote, too  —  The Flash's click-button will integrate across several services as Misfit aims …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Silent Circle fixed bug in privacy-centric BlackPhone that let hackers remotely decrypt texts and stalk users  —  Bug in ultra secure BlackPhone let attackers decrypt texts, stalk users  —  Silent Circle purges remotely exploitable “type confusion” flaw.  —  A recently fixed vulnerability …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Metromile Launches Uber Car Insurance Where Drivers Only Pay For Personal Miles  —  Uber covers drivers with $1 million of insurance when they're on the job, but they still have to buy personal car insurance even if they hardly drive off-the-job.  But now, Metromile and Uber have developed …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Linux makers release patch to thwart new ‘Ghost’ cyber threat  —  (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cyber threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:

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