Nadella in, Gates out @MICROSOFT -- GOOGLE stumbles, splits -- AMAZON forced to raise Prime price -- BOX sneaks IPO filing -- Reset YAHOO email password!


January 31, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> DRIVING THE DAY: Microsoft said to be preparing to make Satya Nadella CEO, by Dina Bass, Peter Burrows, Jonathan Erlichman: "Microsoft's board is preparing to make Satya Nadella, the company's enterprise and cloud chief, chief executive officer and is discussing replacing Bill Gates as chairman, according to people with knowledge of the process. One person the board is considering to take the place of co-founder Gates as chairman is Microsoft lead independent director John Thompson... Shares rose less than 1 percent today to close at $36.86 in New York." Bloomberg

> The case against Nadella as Microsoft's next CEO InfoWorld

> Yesterday's TechBrief: Now at 160 days, Microsoft CEO search could be nearing its end with insiders [Nadella] on inside track Re/code

> Here's where Microsoft's apparent next CEO, Satya Nadella, sees opportunity Quartz

> Just who is Microsoft's Satya Nadella? Wall Street Journal MarketWatch

> What would Microsoft be like if Satya Nadella becomes CEO? BloombergBusinessweek

> TechBrief Blogosphere echo chamber count: 300+ >> RARE WOBBLE: Google's Q4 2013 profits miss, shares still up; Motorola lost $384 million, by Ron Amadeo: "Wall Street expected Google to hit $16.75 billion in revenue and earnings of $12.26 a share, and Google hit revenue estimates with $16.86 billion in revenue but missed earnings with $10.47 a share... The numbers everyone is interested in pertain to the now-discarded Motorola, which lost $384 million for the quarter -- $136 million more than last quarter. For the total year, Motorola burned through $1.245 billion worth of cash. The deal with Lenovo will take a while to close, so Google will still probably have to deal with Motorola for another quarter or two." Ars Technica

> Google draws more clicks, but prices continue to fall Wall Street Journal/Digits

> Google's outsized ad growth offsets steep price decline Reuters

> Google's data center spending down slightly, but still crazy high GigaOM

> Why Android, Samsung are real winners in Google's Motorola/Lenovo deal CIO

> Nest team will become Google's core hardware group TechCrunch

> Google poised to execute long-delayed stock split San Jose Mercury News

> South Korea fines Google $196K for illegal data gathering ZDNet

>> PRIME TIME: Amazon's stock price stumbles after hours on revenue, earnings miss and weak guidance, by Alex Wilhelm: "Thursday after the market close Amazon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $25.59 billion, and earnings per share of $0.51. The company has operating income of $510 million in the period, up 26 percent year over year. The street had expected Amazon to report revenue of $26.06 billion, and earn $0.66 per share. Put another way, in a quarter of strong GDP growth, Amazon managed to miss expectations on both its top and bottom lines." TechCrunch

> Amazon to raise fees as revenue disappoints New York Times

> Amazon considers $20-$40 price hike for Amazon Prime GeekWire

> Wow, Amazon Web Services had another bang-up quarter GigaOM

> Amazon shares get smacked around after weak earnings, outlook Wall Street Journal/Digits

>> BOX PUBLICA: Box has secretly filed for an IPO, by Mark DeCambre: "Box, the online storage company, has secretly filed paperwork for an initial public offering, according to a source. That means Box could start trading as a public company before its chief rival, Dropbox. Both are among the most anticipated tech IPOs of this year." Quartz

>> EATING CROW: Microsoft backpedals: Windows 8.1 update hides tile interface by default, by Tom Warren: "Microsoft is once again planning to alter the way its Start Screen works in Windows 8.1 Update 1. While the software giant originally released Windows 8.1 last year with an option to bypass the 'Metro' interface at boot, sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the upcoming update for Windows 8.1 will enable this by default. Like many other changes in Update 1, we're told the reason for the reversal is to improve the OS for keyboard and mouse users. We understand the latest internal builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1 have the boot-to-desktop option enabled by default, a change that [Russian gray Windows site] Wzor noted earlier today. The update is still in development, and Microsoft could alter this further before it ships, but it's currently being changed to appease desktop users." The Verge

> Canalys: Android on 79% of the 998 million smartphones shipped in 2013, Windows Phone fastest growing platform TNW

>> HAIL MARY: Zynga spends $527 million on Clumsy Ninja maker amid heavy job cuts, by Kyle Orland: "Zynga... announced that it was spending $527 million in cash and stock to acquire UK-based mobile game maker NaturalMotion, the creator of hit mobile titles Clumsy Ninja and CSR Racing... The odd, impressively animated game was finally released for iOS devices last November, over a year after the [initial] demo, and racked up over 10 million iOS downloads in a single week... Zynga will be making room for NaturalMotion and its 260 employees by implementing what it is calling a 'global workforce reduction' that will eliminate 314 employees, or roughly 15 percent of the company's workforce." Ars Technica

> Zynga stock price up 23% after-hours even while the publisher continues to leak monthly active users VentureBeat

>> WASHINGTON WIRE: Obama to nominate Navy cybersecurity chief to head NSA, by Siobhan Gorman, Julian E. Barnes, Adam Entous: "Vice Adm. Michael Rogers, currently the commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, will be named to the post, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed Gen. Keith Alexander, who has held the NSA post since 2005... Mr. Hagel also said that a civilian official, Rick Ledgett, would become deputy director of the NSA. Mr. Ledgett currently serves as chief of the NSA response unit handling the fallout from the leaks by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Mr. Ledgett's appointment doesn't require Senate confirmation." Wall Street Journal/Online

> Communications Security Establishment Canada used airport Wi-Fi to track Canadian travellers, Snowden CBC News

>> NOT AGAIN: Yahoo detects mass hack attempt on Yahoo Mail, resets all affected passwords: "The emails and passwords used to access users' accounts were likely obtained from a third-party database that was compromised." TechCrunch

> Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW! The Register

> Yahoo to Donna users: We're dispensing with your indispensable app Time

>> One Kings Lane raises $112M at a $912M valuation in a quest to dominate home goods online TechCrunch

>> Google Maps' open-source rival gets huge boost as Telenav buys OpenStreetMap leader Skobbler for $24M GigaOM

>> Starbucks CEO Schultz to focus on mobile, digital efforts

>> In four years, Asia's share of Apple's revenue stream grew 62%, Europe's shrank 39% Fortune

>> SDN thinking lags behind technology, VMware's Casado says PCWorld

>> LibreOffice 4.2 better bridges the gap with Microsoft Office InfoWorld

>> Tor-enabled malware stole credit card data from dozens of retailers InfoWorld

>> Salesforce CEO Benioff on how to fix San Francisco Wall Street Journal/Digits

>> Office 365 turns one, but success is tough to tally Computerworld

>> Facebook, Parse launch code library called Bolts ZDNet

>> The FCC is 'beta testing' a next-gen telephone network WaPo/The Switch

>> 11 high school students expelled for keylogging teachers' computers Ars Technica

>> How Marscoin can help us fund the first colony in the Solar System Marscoin

>> BTC China starts accepting deposits in Chinese Yuan again TechCrunch

>> BITCOIN: $940 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Microsoft Board 1. can't keep CEO Search secret, 2. doesn't want the surprise effect, 3. so unsure, needs a trial balloon." @counternotions

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