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January 30, 2015, 11:25 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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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 will lay off around 150 people, with the majority in sales.  As part of it, AOL is also consolidating some websites.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Vine Kids, a separate app tailored for kids with child-friendly Vines, is available now on iOS  —  Vine Introduces Vine Kids  —  Vine is today introducing a new layer of the service called Vine Kids.  It's meant to be a safe, kid-friendly space for a younger audience to play around with the app and watch vines.
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 …
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.
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Jay-Z acquiring Aspiro AB, owner of streaming music services WiMP and Tidal, for $56M  —  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 …

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