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January 29, 2015, 2:35 PM

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Julia White / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft launches Office for Android tablets, new Outlook mail apps for iOS and Android  —  Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android  —  Last week, we saw the new experiences coming with Windows 10, including how Office universal apps for Windows 10 will deliver …
Office Blogs:
New Accompli-based Outlook for iOS and Android integrates email, calendar, contacts, and files, supports Office 365, Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo accounts  —  A deeper look at Outlook for iOS and Android  —  Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
FCC redefines broadband: minimum download speed raised from 4 to 25 Mbps, minimum upload from 1 to 3 Mbps  —  The FCC has changed the definition of broadband  —  The Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen  —  Microsoft is investing in a hot startup that's trying to weaken Google 's hold over Android.  —  People familiar with the matter say Microsoft is putting money into Cyanogen, which is building a version of the Android mobile-operating system outside of Google's auspices.
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Samsung sold 71-75M smartphones in the holiday quarter, on par with Apple's 74.5M iPhone sales  —  Apple and Samsung in Dead Heat for Smartphone Dominance  —  Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat.
Youkyung Lee / Associated Press:
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
New regulations in China require source code, audits, and backdoors from companies working with banks, alarming Western tech firms  —  New Rules in China Upset Western Tech Companies  —  HONG KONG — The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
It's over: FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction ends at record $44.9B in bids  —  The FCC said bidding in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, known as auction 97, is now closed after 341 rounds of bidding.  Total provisional winning bids came in at a record $44.899 billion.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
iTunes Connect offline after issue presented developers with wrong username and apps  —  Widespread iTunes Connect issue presenting wrong user name and apps for developers (Update: Offline)  —  iTunes Connect, Apple's portal where developers manage software published on the App Store …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nickelodeon to unveil stand-alone streaming video subscription service in February  —  Nickelodeon to Unveil Stand-Alone Subscription Video Service in February  —  Kid-entertainment giant Nickelodeon intends to follow the example of HBO and unveil a direct-to-consumer subscription service in February …
Alden Kroll / Steam Community:
Valve has paid out $57M+ to 1.5K creators across 75 countries through Steam Workshop since 2011; announces curated workshops for non-Valve games  —  Content Creators Earn Over $50M Through Steam Workshop, Can Now Earn Money in More Games  —  When we launched the Workshop late in 2011 …
Stephen Barrett / AnandTech:
Intel Announces Broadwell vPro Processors: Wireless Docking and More  —  While Intel formally announced availability of Broadwell-U processors at CES this year, vendors did not actually have any devices available for purchase containing Intel vPro technology.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba invests $10M in Ouya, plans to incorporate Ouya's game library into set-top boxes  —  Alibaba Breathes New Life Into Game-Console Maker Ouya  —  Ouya, the game-console maker that has struggled to gain traction since its record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, has received a new injection …
Travis Green / Google Commerce:
Now available in the UK: Send and request money right from Gmail  —  Since we announced Send Money in Gmail, paying back your friends has never been so simple, whether you're chipping in for lunch or reimbursing your housemate for your share of the rent.  Today, we're excited to make this feature available for Gmail users in the UK.
Michael Sippey / Medium:
Snapchat's Discover feature for news could also function more broadly as an app platform  —  theory: snapchat launched an app platform  —  And then go through the list of capabilities they can bring...  - Interaction?  Check.  You may not have all the tools of Swift or Java at your disposal …
Matti Huuhtanen / Associated Press:
Nokia reports net profit of $502M in Q4 2014, up nearly 10% year over year, higher operating expenses in technologies and mapping services  —  Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth  —  HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) …
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Microsoft adds smart search of document text and photos with OCR in OneDrive for web and iPad  —  Microsoft OneDrive adds super-intelligent searching of document text, photos  —  Microsoft just made it easier to upload more photos and files to its OneDrive cloud service.

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