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February 2, 2015, 8:25 PM

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Brad Stone / Bloomberg Business:
Google developing its own Uber competitor, likely in conjunction with driverless car project  —  Exclusive: Google Is Developing Its Own Uber Competitor  —  The two companies are going to war over self-driving taxis  —  Don't Miss Out — … Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars  —  Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch.
Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — RadioShack Corp. is preparing to shut down the almost-century-old electronics chain in a bankruptcy deal that would sell about half its stores to Sprint Corp. and close the rest …
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Apple plans to invest $2B in GT Advanced Arizona plant to convert it into a data center  —  Apple to Convert Failed Arizona Sapphire Plant Into Data Center  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. plans to invest $2 billion to convert an Arizona factory into a data center …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week is widely expected to propose regulating Internet service like a public utility, a move certain to unleash another round …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Pebble has now sold over 1 million smartwatches; new hardware and software are planned for this year  —  New hardware and software are planned for this year  —  While Google and Apple have been getting the lion's share of attention for smartwatches lately, indie darling Pebble …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Google, Microsoft, and Amazon pay maker of Adblock Plus to have their ads whitelisted  —  Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are paying to get around Adblock Plus  —  Some of the web's biggest companies have been paying to get around Adblock Plus, according to a new report from Financial Times.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Twitter tests instant timeline, which shows tweets to new users who haven't followed anyone  —  Twitter Displays Its Value With Instant Timeline for New Users  —  Anyone who has created a Twitter account knows how difficult it can be to get value from the service.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp Voice-Calling Feature Spotted In The Wild  —  Select Android users are reporting they've happened upon a new voice-calling feature in their WhatsApp mobile applications, indicating that the company is testing the addition ahead of its expansion into territory currently dominated by apps like Skype and Viber.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Sony Sells MMO Publisher And EverQuest Creator Sony Online Entertainment  —  Sony has sold Sony Online Entertainment, the studio and publisher that created EverQuest (and, to a large extent, the modern MMO genre), in a deal that will see it owned by investment management firm Columbus Nova and rebranded as Daybreak.
Kevin Dallas / Building Apps for Windows:
Windows 10 coming to Raspberry Pi 2, developers can use it for free  —  Windows 10 Coming to Raspberry Pi 2  —  This blog was written by Kevin Dallas, General Manager, Windows IoT Group.  —  Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the retail availability of their new board, the Raspberry Pi 2.
Danny D. / SamMobile:
Samsung sends out invitations to March 1 event, hints at curved design for Galaxy S6  —  Samsung starts sending out press invitations for March 1st, hints at curved design  —  Press invites for an event scheduled for March 1st have finally started making rounds.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Salesforce-backed Apttus raises $41M for contract management software  —  Summary:Along with Salesforce itself, Apttus serves over 300 of Salesforce's enterprise customers, including 70 Fortune 500 companies.  —  Salesforce.com's Internet of Things innovation fund is off and running …
Reuters:
Obama seeks $14 billion to boost U.S. cybersecurity defenses  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $14 billion (9 billion pounds) for cybersecurity efforts across the U.S. government to better protect federal and private networks from hacking threats.

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