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January 28, 2015, 10:40 AM

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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.
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Kara Swisher / Re/code:
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.
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.”
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Highly critical “Ghost” allowing code execution affects most Linux systems  —  New bug haunting Linux could spark “a lot of collateral damage on the Internet.”  —  An extremely critical vulnerability affecting most Linux distributions gives attackers the ability to execute malicious code …
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Microsoft is no longer manufacturing the Surface 2  —  Microsoft's Surface just had a very healthy quarter, bringing the company $1.1 billion in revenue.  While we don't actually know how many units that is, Microsoft says that most of them were its newest model, the Surface Pro 3 …
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Netflix is revamping its data architecture for streaming movies  —  Netflix is revamping the computing architecture that processes data for its streaming video service, according to a Netflix blog post that came out on Tuesday.  —  The Netflix engineering team wanted an architecture …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms Windows 10's ‘Spartan’ browser to get extensions  —  Summary:Microsoft's new ‘Spartan’ browser will include support for extensions at some point, Microsoft officials have confirmed.  —  Microsoft's new browser for Windows 10, codenamed “Spartan,” will be getting extensions …

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