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February 4, 2015, 8:15 PM

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Tom Wheeler / Wired:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes Title II based net neutrality rules for wired and wireless networks  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality  —  Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
ISPs, wireless carriers, and Washington insiders react to FCC's net neutrality proposal  —  With FCC chairman now firmly planted behind the idea of classifying internet providers under Title II, we're expecting a massive reaction to his new plan for preserving net neutrality.
TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Calendar App Sunrise For North Of $100 Million  —  Software giant Microsoft is in the process of trying to reinvent itself, and part of that reinvention evidently involves acquiring startups that have created products that compete with its own.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple plans all-new Beats-based music service integrated into iOS, iTunes, and Apple TV, develops Android app in-house, considers charging $8/month  —  The Next Episode: Apple's plans for Beats-based music service revealed  —  Six months after buying the subscription music service Beats Music …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple is Talking to TV Programmers About Its Own Web TV Service  —  Apple has spent years circling the TV business, without ever really getting into the TV business.  Now it may be ready to try again.  —  Industry executives say Apple is in talks with TV programmers about deals …
Re/code:
Apple Taps Samsung to Manufacture Next iPhone Chip  —  Apple is discovering it's harder to split from Samsung than it would like.  —  The company has used Samsung for all manner of components, though it has been working to reduce reliance on its chief rival.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
The Next Android Revision Is Indeed ‘Android 5.1 Lollipop’, Shipping On Android One Phones, Coming To Nexus Devices  —  A few hours ago, we spotted no less than five mentions of “Android 5.1” on Google's Indonesian Android One page.  Considering that 5.1 is quite a jump from 5.0.2 …
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Silk Road website founder Ross Ulbricht found guilty on all counts  —  A jury has ruled Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old who founded the black market website Silk Road, guilty on all counts.  —  The FBI arrested Ulbricht in a sting operation in October 2013 accusing him of being the criminal …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal for $475M and Endomondo for $85M  —  Under Armour acquires MyFitnessPal for $475M and Endomondo for $85M  —  Under Armour just announced it has acquired both Endomondo and MyFitnessPal today.  —  The company said the acquisition establishes ownership of the …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
How Twitter developed its revenue model, even as user growth disappointed  —  While Twitter struggles to get new users, its revenue side is killing it.  —  In 2009 Twitter was a 50-person company punching way above its weight in cultural impact, its micro-blogging platform blasting its way into the public imagination.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
PayPal's retail head Don Kingsborough leaves, says team didn't accomplish as much as it should have  —  PayPal's Retail Chief Don Kingsborough Exits ‘A Little Frustrated’  —  Don Kingsborough, the PayPal executive who spearheaded the online payment giant's move into the physical retail world …
Thanks:@delrey
AppleInsider:
Apple is reportedly testing camera-equipped minivans in the Bay Area, possibly for a Street View-like mapping system  —  Apple testing mysterious camera-equipped vehicles in the Bay Area  —  A number of minivans with what appears to be camera equipment and a LiDAR sensor mounted to the roof …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches preview of universal Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10  —  Microsoft today launched the first part of its Office for Windows 10 in preview.  You can download the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps now from the Windows Store Beta that ships with the latest Windows 10 build.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Fast-Growing Zoom Raises $30 Million for Online Video Conferencing … Video conferencing companies have attracted millions of dollars in venture capital, as everyone from startups to large established companies like Cisco Systems Inc. try to make this technology work in the cloud.
More: eWeek and Xconomy
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Pawn Storm spyware, aimed at Western governments, military, and media, now targeting non-jailbroken iOS devices, has possible links to Russian government  —  Spyware aimed at Western governments, journalists hits iOS devices  —  Alleged Russian gov't malware records audio, screenshots, steals personal data.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Stealthy enterprise data storage startup Qumulo raises $40M, adds Isilon founder to board … Hang around the Qumulo office long enough, and you'll certainly see someone whizzing by on a Razor scooter.  The two-wheelers are spread throughout the 16th floor of the Century Square building in downtown Seattle …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sony confirms it will axe another 1,100 employees in mobile unit  —  Sony confirmed it will cut another 1,100 employees from its Mobile Communications business, on top of the 1,000 job cuts it had already announced in that unit.  The company, which disclosed the job cuts in conjunction …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hem, Jason Goldberg's Pivot From Fab, Is Buying Design Business Discipline.eu  —  Hem, the Berlin-based home furnishings company that Jason Goldberg created last year as a pivot out of his flashy-but-challenged e-commerce portal Fab.com, is close to sewing up another acquisition.

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