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January 30, 2015, 10:20 AM

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Google:
Google Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.  —  “Google's full year revenue for 2014 was $66 billion, up 19% year on year,” said Patrick Pichette …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Jay-Z takes on Beats and Spotify with acquisition of music-streaming services Tidal and WiMP for $56M  —  Here's an interesting piece of acquisition news for a Friday morning: International rapping superstar Jay-Z is on the verge of buying Swedish company Aspiro AB — the firm that owns …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Cyanogen's $70M+ round to include Microsoft as a minority investor  —  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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Agrees To Change Privacy Policy In Settlement With UK's Information Commissioner  —  While Google continues to work through the best implementation of Right To Be Forgotten legislation in Europe, some more developments in the area of consumer data and privacy.
David Byttow / Medium:
Secret co-founder Chrys Bader steps down  —  New beginnings  —  Chrys Bader and I launched Secret exactly one year ago tomorrow.  In that short time, we've grown our team to 25 incredible people and signed up over 15 million people around the world.  —  It's been an amazing journey.
Strategy Analytics Blog:
Android Shipped 1 Billion Smartphones Worldwide in 2014  —  According to the latest research from our WSS (Smartphones) service, global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually to reach a record 1.3 billion units in 2014.  Android accounted for 81 percent of all smartphones last year …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht's Laptop  —  If anyone still believes that bitcoin is magically anonymous internet money, the US government just offered what may be the clearest demonstration yet that it's not.  A courtroom PowerPoint presentation traced hundreds …
More: SiliconANGLE and TechSpotTweets: @a_greenberg
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
OnePlus Will Reveal Details Of Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12  —  OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed that it will unveil its own ROM which can be installed …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
FTC shuts down “revenge porn” operation, but imposes no fine  —  In one of the most despicable scams on the internet, Colorado resident Craig Brittain ran a website that posted nude photographs of hundreds of women alongside their Facebook profiles and other personal information …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget  —  Some more details are emerging around AOL's reorganization plans.  Sources tell us that the company later today is expected to announce that it is laying off around 150 people, with the majority in sales.
More: The Verge, 9to5Mac and The Next WebTweets: @reckless
Todd Shields / Bloomberg Business:
FCC considers formal complaint process for reviewing paid peering deals  —  Netflix Deals With Broadband Providers Said to Get Oversight  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators plan to issue rules next month allowing them to review the terms Internet service providers demand …
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung may remove default add-ons from TouchWiz on Galaxy S6, make them downloadable instead  —  Exclusive: Samsung removing bloat from TouchWiz, making most of it downloadable  —  The fact that Samsung's phones and tablets come with a lot of software features is both an advantage and a curse.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Amazon posts $214M profit, $0.45 EPS in Q4 2014 on $29.33B revenue; Prime membership grows 53% year over year  —  Amazon Prime memberships grow 53% in 2014, despite $20 price hike … Amazon's decision to increase the price of its Prime membership doesn't seem to be hurting the company.
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S  —  (Reuters) - A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.

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