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February 3, 2015, 5:00 AM

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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.
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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 …
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.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
eBay layoffs begin with many involved in PayPal's disappointing in-store initiatives  —  Big Layoffs Begin at eBay and PayPal  —  The big job cuts eBay promised last month are here.  —  On Monday, eBay and PayPal began notifying employees who were losing their jobs as part of the cuts …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Foursquare's original chief technical officer is the latest to leave the company  —  The company's first hire is moving on to “somewhere new”  —  Foursquare's original chief technical officer has left the company after more than five years, The Verge has learned.
Biz Carson / Gigaom:
Reddit fires lead Notes engineer, says launch delayed until cryptocurrency law and technology improve  —  After key engineer leaves, what will happen to Reddit Notes?  —  A company changing its project outline for a year isn't surprising, nor is laying off staff — except when that the project …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Lenovo third-quarter profit beats estimates on smartphone boost  —  Net income declines 4.6 percent to $253 million but comes in better than expectations after Motorola acquisition.  —  Lenovo recorded third-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as it expanded its footprint in the smartphone market.
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.
StatCounter Global Stats:
Google US search share drops to 74.8% as Yahoo usage on Firefox almost triples since November  —  Yahoo gains further US search share in January  — Google falls below 75% for first time  — US Yahoo-on-Firefox usage almost triples since November  —  San Francisco, CA & Dublin …

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