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January 31, 2015, 9:40 AM

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Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter  —  Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned.  Sources say that Nest's vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Google Now adds over 40 new cards, fed by data from 30+ third-party apps like Airbnb, eBay, and Lyft  —  ‘Google Now’ Will Suck In Outside App Data  —  Google Inc. doesn't want to lose its perch atop the search market, and it's looking to the likes of Airbnb, eBay , Lyft and a couple dozen other companies to help it do just that.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Amazon Echo update adds Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify voice control  —  Summary:Alexa, Amazon's two-pound assistant in the room, now does more with music services, improves speed and accuracy.  —  The Amazon Echo that I found to be a perfect 10 just got even better, as an update adds useful new features and improvements.
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
BT plans to provide 500Mbps broadband to most UK homes by 2025, deployment to start 2016  —  U.K. Telco BT Sets Out ‘500Mbps’ Broadband Plan By 2025  —  As the U.K.'s political parties sweat their policy wonks to come up with voter-friendly manifestos ahead of the General Election in May …
Wesley Yin-Poole / Eurogamer.net:
Sega to offer 300 staff voluntary retirement as it focuses on smartphone and PC online games  —  Sega of America office moving out of San Francisco.  —  Sega will offer a sizeable number of staff voluntary retirement.  —  In a note issued today, the Japanese game company warned around 300 employees …
Rex Santus / Mashable:
You can now order Postmates delivery from your web browser  —  Unlike, say, food delivery services like Seamless or Peapod, Postmates delivers almost everything, from a slice of pizza to an iPhone case or a medical prescription.  —  A user can order an item if it's in stock at participating stores …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
HTC Admits It Will Miss 90-Day Lollipop Upgrade Window For One M7 And M8  —  HTC promised to get Android 5.0 Lollipop through the approval process and out to the HTC One M7 and M8 in the US no later than 90 days after release.  US product manager Mo Versi even officially started the timer when Lollipop was delivered by Google.

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