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January 31, 2015, 8:40 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.
Amit Chowdhry / Forbes:
Google Earth Pro now available for free, down from $399 a year  —  Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free  —  Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free.  Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year.  Google Earth is a geospatial software application …
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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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.
New York Times:
Verizon Wireless to Allow Complete Opt Out of Mobile ‘Supercookies’  —  Verizon Wireless, which has been under fire by privacy advocates since late last year, has decided to make a major revision to its mobile ad-targeting program.  Users who do not want to be tracked with an identifier …
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 …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Google's 3D mapping technology, Project Tango, graduates from the Advanced Technology and Projects group  —  Google spins out Project Tango from its Advanced Technology and Projects group  —  At the moment, it's not quite clear what's happening to Project Tango, Google's ambitious plan …

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