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February 11, 2015, 11:30 PM

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Canalys Newsroom:
Over 720K Android Wear devices shipped in 2014, with Moto 360 being the clear leader  —  Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014  —  Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Wednesday, 11 February 2015  —  Over 720,000 Android Wear devices shipped in 2014 out of a total of 4.6 million smart wearable bands.
Rajesh Jha / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft acquires Sunrise, creator of an innovative calendar app for mobile devices  —  I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Sunrise, provider of a next-generation calendar app for iOS and Android.  We are making this acquisition because we believe a reinvention …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter to pay about $30M for Niche, and possibly up to $60M with earnouts and employment contracts included  —  Twitter Buys Niche, a Social Media Talent Agency, for at Least $30 Million  —  Twitter has acquired Niche, a small startup that connects advertisers with social media stars …
Baljeet Singh / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter acquires Niche, a service that helps connect social media stars with brands  —  Welcoming Niche to the Twitter team  —  As we continue to invest in the growing media ecosystem, it's important to provide a wide variety of tools for content creators to distribute and ultimately manage all of their content.
Sharon Bernstein / Reuters:
iPhone kill switch reduced thefts by 40% in San Francisco, 25% in New York city, and 50% in London  —  Smartphone theft drops in London, two U.S. cities as anti-theft ‘kill switches’ installed  —  (Reuters) - Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities …
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Bans ‘Bonded Servitude’ at Supplier Factories Worldwide  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc., which has faced criticism for worker conditions at its suppliers in Asia, is requiring factories to pay recruitment fees for employees instead of saddling the costs on new hires.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Confirms Aperture to Be Removed From Mac App Store After Launch of Photos for OS X  —  Shortly after last week's deployment of OS X 10.10.3 to developers, Apple updated its official Aperture page on its website, adding a notice stating that Aperture will be removed from the Mac App Store when the Photos for OS X app launches.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Starting today, wireless carriers have to unlock your phone  —  Once you've paid off your contract, carriers can't say no.  —  Major wireless carriers in the US have promised to unlock customers' phones or tablets once they've paid off their contracts, beginning today.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Report: in response to Apple Pay, Square is working on an Android tablet; Google testing Plaso, a mobile payment system that allows you use your initals to pay  —  Square working to rely less on Apple's iPad, claims report  —  Square, the mobile payments service found in countless coffee shops across …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yet-to-launch marketplace Jet raises $140M, at a valuation of nearly $600M; round led by Bain; new investors include Google Ventures, Goldman Sachs  —  Jet.com's Valuation Nears $600 Million Before Launch  —  Jet.com doesn't plan to open its online store until this spring, but investors are already sold.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Senate renews plan to ban internet taxes forever  —  Do you ever look at your phone bill and wonder, “what the heck are all those fees?”  While it's a natural impulse to blame the mendacity of the phone company, most of those items are there because various governments put them there.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Dropbox replaces CFO Sujay Jaswa with former Motorola Mobility CFO Vanessa Wittman  —  Dropbox Replaces Insider CFO With Former Motorola Exec  —  Dropbox, in a move that will surely have investors wondering about the storage startup's IPO plans, is replacing its insider CFO Sujay Jaswa …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Samsung TVs start inserting ads into your movies  —  Thought you could watch that video on your local hard drive without ads?  Think again: A number of owners of Samsung's smart TVs are reporting this week that their TV sets started to interrupt their movie viewing with Pepsi ads …
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Samsung to release two versions of 5.1" Galaxy flagship with all-metal bodies, one with a 3-sided display next month  —  Samsung Said to Plan 3-Sided Screen in New Galaxy Smartphone  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. plans to release two new versions …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia's earnings beat Wall Street's expectations as visual computing spreads  —  Graphics chip maker Nvidia beat Wall Street's expectations for the fourth fiscal quarter earnings for the period ended Jan. 25.  —  Nvidia reported non-GAAP earnings of 43 cents a share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
Re/code:
Apps Search Pioneer Quixey Poised to Raise $60 Million From Alibaba, Twitter, SoftBank  —  Quixey, the app search engine, is close to getting $60 million in funding from a powerful coterie of investors, including China's Alibaba Group, Twitter, SoftBank and others.

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