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February 5, 2015, 6:05 PM

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Corinne Gretler / Bloomberg Business:
Swatch to sell smartwatch within 3 months that will allow mobile payments, work with Windows and Android, use the internet “without having to be charged”  —  Swatch Plans Smartwatch to Compete With Apple Watch's Debut  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Swatch Group AG plans …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
How Google Glass went from coveted gadget to punchline; device to be redesigned from scratch under Tony Fadell's leadership  —  Why Google Glass Broke  —  This is a story that involves lots of public intrigue, a futuristic wearable technology, a secret laboratory, fashion models …
Twitter:
Twitter Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - February 5, 2015 - Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.  Q4 revenue of $479 million, up 97% year-over-year Q4 net loss …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Twitter beats Q4 revenue expectations with $479M, nets just 4M new monthly users  —  Twitter's users are still growing at a slow rate, but its revenue is booming.  —  Today, Twitter reported fourth quarter earnings for 2014, with revenue of $479 million on non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.12.
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
A first look at Photos for OS X, Apple's iPhoto replacement, now available as a developer seed  —  First look: Photos for OS X brings easier navigation and more powerful editing  —  Last June, Apple announced that it would stop development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps and offer …
The Verge:
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo takes personal responsibility for company's troll problem, vows stronger action against harrassment  —  Twitter CEO: ‘We suck at dealing with abuse’  —  Dick Costolo says trolls are costing Twitter users  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility …
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Gnu Privacy Guard encryption software used by Snowden is maintained by one man, Werner Koch, in need of donations  —  The World's Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke  —  The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden …
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Hackers obtain account information of as many as 80M customers of Anthem, nation's 2nd largest health insurer; medical info not stolen  —  Massive breach at health care company Anthem Inc.  —  SAN FRANCISCO - As many as 80 million customers of the nation's second largest health insurance company …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter Reaches Deal for Tweets in Google Search Results  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. has struck a deal with Google Inc. to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.  —  In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google's search results …
JeeYeon Park / CNBC:
Pandora plunges more than 20% after missing estimates with $268M in revenue  —  Pandora plunges nearly 20% on revenue miss  —  Pandora plunged sharply after the music streaming company on Thursday reported quarterly revenue that missed Wall Street expectations and weaker-than-expected sales outlook.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
13M downloads later, FiftyThree bets on stylus sales as its ‘Paper’ drawing app goes completely free  —  Mobile executive?  Join us February 23-24, for our fifth annual Mobile Summit.  This exclusive gathering brings together the top 180 executives at the scenic Cavallo Point Resort in Sausalito …
Steven Tweedie / Business Insider:
You can now send ‘screenshot-proof’ documents and photos with Confide, the ‘Snapchat for business’  —  Confide wants to be the off-the-record messaging app for the business world.  On Wednesday it added two key features to its arsenal: screenshot-proof documents and photos.
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
In wake of hack, Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal to step down  —  Amy Pascal to Step Down From Top Sony Post  —  Amid the fallout of the ever-widening Sony hacking crisis, Amy Pascal will step down from her post as co-chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven:
VC firm Bolt to advise Y Combinator's hardware startups; YC to build small prototyping shop in Mountain View  —  YC for Hardware  —  As YC has grown, we've funded more and more hardware companies.  Hardware companies have very different needs from pure software companies …
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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg Business:
Verizon sells landlines in CA, FL, TX, including 2.2M broadband subscriptions, to Frontier for $10.54B, wireless towers to American Towers for $5B  —  Verizon Sells Landlines, Towers in 2 Deals for $15.6 Billion  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc. agreed …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Bill Gates says mobile banking solutions like M-PESA will revolutionize the lives of the poor within 15 years  —  Can mobile banking revolutionize the lives of the poor?  —  We're excited to have Bill Gates as our guest editor in February.  Throughout the month, Bill will be sharing …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
GrubHub moves into delivery, acquires DiningIn and agrees to buy Restaurants on the Run, for a total of $80M  —  GrubHub makes major move in restaurant delivery wars  —  GrubHub GRUB is a $3 billion company known for helping to connect hungry users with restaurants that will deliver them food.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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