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January 30, 2015, 7:25 PM

Top News

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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Kirk McElhearn / Kirkville:
iTunes 12.1 adds new Yosemite Notification Center Widget and changes to info windows  —  iTunes 12.1 Brings Changes to Info Windows, Adds Notification Center Widget  —  iTunes 12.1 has been released, the first major update to the latest version of this app.

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