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January 31, 2015, 11:00 PM

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay is now back online after December 9th raid by Swedish police  —  The Pirate Bay Is Back Online!  —  Early December The Pirate Bay was raided at the Nacka station, a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.  —  After being down for two weeks …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Newsweek's cover sexualizes and degrades women in tech, perpetuating the problems its article denounces  —  What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek  —  I have thoughts on this Newsweek article.  —  Tech has some issues.  You read trade pub stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations so often its absurd.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Amazon Echo update adds Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify voice control  —  Summary:Alexa, Amazon's two-pound assistant in the room, now does more with music services, improves speed and accuracy.  —  The Amazon Echo that I found to be a perfect 10 just got even better, as an update adds useful new features and improvements.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams unite to defend CEO Dick Costolo from activist shareholders  —  Could Activist Investors Take Aim at Twitter's Costolo?  It's a Good Question.  —  Two weeks ago at a “tea time” at Twitter, co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Under new 25Mbps broadband definition, Comcast has 56% market share  —  Under new 25Mbps broadband definition, Comcast has 56% market share.  —  Comcast's broadband market share just got a huge bump.  —  Yesterday, the FCC decided to raise minimum broadband speeds from 4Mbps downstream …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
BT plans to provide 500Mbps broadband to most UK homes by 2025, deployment to start 2016  —  U.K. Telco BT Sets Out ‘500Mbps’ Broadband Plan By 2025  —  As the U.K.'s political parties sweat their policy wonks to come up with voter-friendly manifestos ahead of the General Election in May …
Amit Chowdhry / Forbes:
Google Earth Pro now available for free, down from $399 a year  —  Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free  —  Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free.  Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year.  Google Earth is a geospatial software application …
HP:
THE ACCIDENTAL DISRUPTOR: Medical Billing Software in the Cloud  —  Jonathan Bush didn't set out to upend healthcare.  But Athenahealth's CEO embraces the role in pursuit of his cloud-based medical records vision.
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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
FCC adopts rules to improve indoor location accuracy for wireless 911 calls  —  The FCC voted unanimously to adopt new rules are intended to help improve how first responders locate people who dial 911 on their wireless phones from indoor locations, including in multi-story buildings.
Todd Spangler / Variety:NEW
Super Bowl Halftime: Katy Perry to Pitch Merch on YouTube, Twitter, Roku and Connected TVs  —  Katy Perry will use her time in the spotlight of the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show as a launchpad to flog limited-edition products to her fans.  —  The songstress, in partnership with Universal Music Group …

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Microsoft:
Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android  —  Starting immediately, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablet will be available in the Google Play store as free downloads, joining the highly rated OneNote for Android.
HP:
THE ACCIDENTAL DISRUPTOR: Medical Billing Software in the Cloud  —  Jonathan Bush didn't set out to upend healthcare.  But Athenahealth's CEO embraces the role in pursuit of his cloud-based medical records vision.
Zoho:
Zoho Books says Hello to the UK  —  When we say Zoho Books is truly built for UK businesses, we aren't kiddin' mate!  —  We're not talking mere language here.  We know you favour your ‘S’ over your ‘Z’, and you'll rather organise than be organized.
500 Startups:
500 Global Startup Series: Enter the Middle East  —  The 500 Global Startup Series brings insights from new tech regions and puts a spotlight on talented entrepreneurs in every corner of the world.

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