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Google is absolutely, positively not going to buy Twitter. Yet. — Let's just start by saying that the idea that Google is going to buy Twitter any time soon is ludicrous. Apparently, there were some rumors floating around yesterday that such a deal might be in the works and Twitter's stock got a nice little bump out of it. Here's the reality.

Apple boosted personal security for CEO Tim Cook in 2014 — Apple spent $699,133 on personal security for chief executive Tim Cook in 2014, the first time the company has disclosed spending any such money to protect him. The expenditure was included in Apple's latest proxy filing yesterday, which reported that Cook's total compensation for the year was $9.2 million.

'Ship Your Enemies Glitter' sells for $85,000, perhaps the easiest money ever in history — They may never do a Harvard Business School study about Australian developer Mathew Carpenter, but they sure as hell should. In just a few hours, the 22-year-old built It does exactly what it names implies. He wrote a hilarious explainer on the website.

Inside Uber's staggering U.S. growth: 40,000 drivers joined in December and average $19 per hour — In a quest to answer critics who claim it's driving down wages, Uber has released an ambitious study of its U.S. drivers that argues the company's explosive growth is being fueled by competitive pay and flexible work schedules that are attracting hoards of new drivers.

Minecraft fans get ready: Mojang COO tweets that MineCon news is coming 'soon' — Minecraft fans, your suffering is almost at an end. For today, for it appears that an announcement about the next MineCon is at hand. Just a short while ago, Vu Bui, the chief operating officer of Mojang, tweeted the following: MINECON news is coming soon!

The Pirate Bay updates home page with new teasers pointing to Feb. 1 return — With only 10 days remaining on its countdown clock, The Pirate Bay has redesigned its home page today to more closely resemble the look it had before it went down last month. First spotted by TorrentFreak, the black waving pirate flag that had filled the screen in recent weeks has now been reduced to a smaller box in the center.

Disposable employees may be tech industry's greatest achievement — A Bloomberg story about layoffs rising at tech companies has been making the rounds. It seems so counter-intuitive: How can job cuts be soaring when tech is booming? Everyone seems surprised, but they shouldn't be. Tech, more than any other industry, has succeeded in convincing us over the past two decades that workers are entirely disposable.

Chinese companies now sell 40 percent of all smartphones as overall global sales rise 25.9 percent — In case there was any doubt, China can now make a strong claim to being the center of the mobile revolution. According to a new report from TrendForce, Chinese companies accounted for almost 40 percent of all smartphone sales in 2014, and occupy six of the top ten spots for number of units sold.

Watch 7 years of iPhone evolution in one hypnotic GIF — Has it really been only seven years since Steve Jobs first walked on stage and gave the epic demo of the first iPhone? It's hard for many of us to even remember what the world was like before then, when we didn't have a computer we could carry around in our pockets.

Facebook report says its 1.35 billion users have $227 billion global economic impact — If you thought Facebook was just one giant time-suck vortex where your life disappears while sharing cat videos and finding quizzes to discover which character on "Friends" you most resemble, then here's some good news: You are actually doing your part to boost the world's economy.
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Jan 24, 2015

RT @joviannfeed: Largest Apple Store in Asia opens to crowds in Hangzhou, China #apple

Jan 23, 2015

.@MatthewPhillips Headline help: After five decades, Americans decide to eat less crap that is killing them.

Jan 23, 2015

ICYMI: Disposable employees may be tech industry's greatest achievement…

Jan 23, 2015

.@jowens510 Was wondering the same. Was trying to give humanity some credit, tho...

Jan 23, 2015

The real question is: Why? Apple boosted personal security for CEO Tim Cook in 2014… via @VentureBeat

Jan 23, 2015

Google is absolutely, positively not going to buy Twitter. Yet.… via @VentureBeat $goog $twtr

Jan 23, 2015

Princeton economist explains why we should all stop worrying and learn to love Uber… via @VentureBeat

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