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February 7, 2015, 6:00 PM

Top News

Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Facebook acquires 56 acres immediately south of current Menlo Park HQ at an estimated $400M  —  Exclusive: Facebook buys 56 acres in Menlo Park, considers future of the campus  —  Facebook Inc. has already changed how people connect online.  Now it's thinking about transforming the Silicon Valley tech campus.
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Microsoft now has over 100 active apps on iOS and Android, excluding Skype and Yammer apps, as it expands its presence on multiple platforms  —  Don't look now, but Microsoft has more than 100 iOS and Android apps  —  As Microsoft works on revamping its underperforming Windows Phone platform …
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Corning attempts to combine the toughness of Gorilla Glass with scratch-resistance close to sapphire in new material called Project Phire  —  Corning fires up new super scratch-resistant glass  —  The glassmaker unveils Project Fire, a new Gorilla Glass-like material that's both extremely tough and scratch-resistant.
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Startups and Self-Loathing at the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards  —  There was a moment last night — when comedian T.J. Miller (who had called an Uber co-founder's girlfriend “bitch” multiple times) was smashing a TechCrunch piñata as a hundred people walked out of his performance …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Why Twitter's Stock Popped 16% Despite Paltry User Growth  —  Twitter finally got its wish.  —  Investors didn't react to its quarterly earnings report based on just one number: the growth rate of monthly active users.  —  At last, investors seem to be recognizing Twitter's achievements on the business side.
More: VentureBeat, Mashable and WebProNewsTweets: @wsjd
Jonnelle Marte / Washington Post:
TurboTax resumes processing state returns after fraud reports prompt halt  —  TurboTax temporarily stopped processing state tax returns after noticing an increase in suspicious filings, the tax preparation software company said Friday.  —  The company resumed e-filing of state returns …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Chat App Line's Latest Experiment Is A YouTube-Like Video Service  —  Messaging app company Line continues to build out its business beyond its core chat service after it launched a YouTube-like video service in Thailand.  The company, which claims 181 million active users worldwide …

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