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Common Sense: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft
With the latest earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple, the once-unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion, more than double Microsoft’s $338 billion.






Bits Blog: Uber Pledges to Improve Data Privacy Practices
The ride-hailing start-up responds to criticism from privacy hawks.






Bits Blog: Reddit Issues First Transparency Report
The popular message board gives insight into how often government agencies request data on Reddit users.






Europe’s Young Entrepreneurs
At a conference in Madrid on European youth in business, 200 or so teenage achievers discussed what it takes to break potential hurdles to the young and business-minded on the Continent.
Bits Blog: Verizon Wireless to Allow Complete Opt Out of Mobile ‘Supercookies’
The wireless carrier is under pressure from privacy groups after it introduced tracking code that can’t be deleted by consumers.






Ratings Now Cut Both Ways, So Don’t Sass Your Uber Driver
Companies from Uber to Airbnb are rating their customers on degrees of promptness and politeness, but who owns the data that details good and bad behavior?






DealBook: Law Firm Founds Project to Fight ‘Revenge Porn’
K&L Gates has set up the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to fight the shame-posting of sexual photos and videos online by jilted lovers.






Amazon Reports a Profit, Citing Prime as the Key
The company delivered better earnings than expected in the fourth quarter, breaking a recent pattern of disappointments.






Spotify to Raise $500 Million; Move Could Delay an I.P.O.
The move would increase the firm’s valuation to at least $6 billion, according to a person briefed on the company’s plans.
Google Revenue Is Higher, but Profit Misses Expectations
The company’s results were squeezed by a number of temporary factors, including a strong dollar that ate into overseas sales.






Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns
Thwarting drones is increasingly becoming a challenge for law enforcement and security officials who are charged with protecting large-scale events like the Super Bowl.






Bits Blog: F.C.C. Sharply Revises Definition of Broadband
The new broadband benchmark sets downloads at a speed of 25 megabits per second and uploads of 3 megabits per second. The standard is used to guide policy in some areas.






Business Briefing: Federal Airwave Auction Brings in $44.9. Billion
The auction, wireless carriers’ largest opportunity to get access to new airwaves since 2008, began on Nov. 13, and bids soared past the reserve price of $10.1 billion in the first week.
Bits Blog: Uber Accused of Lax Safety Practices by Delhi Woman
The woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver says in a lawsuit filed in California that the company does not adequately screen its drivers, risking the safety of Uber customers.






Man Lost Contact With Drone Before It Sped to White House, Friend Says
The man was flying the drone outside his apartment window when it shot off toward the White House, the friend who owned the device said.
Bits Blog: With a Few Bits of Data, Researchers Identify ‘Anonymous’ People
Knowing just four random pieces of information was enough to reidentify 90 percent of the shoppers as unique individuals and to uncover their records, researchers calculated.






China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet
The Chinese authorities are no longer tolerating the workarounds used by millions of people who rely heavily on less-fettered access to the Internet.
Alibaba Profit Surges, but a Revenue Gain of 40% Still Misses Forecasts
The company, which had a huge initial public offering in September, is now facing trouble with China’s government regulators and an economic slowdown.






DealBook: After Alibaba Spinoff, Yahoo May Become a Takeover Target
By spinning off the stake into a separate company, Yahoo will be judged by its core Internet businesses.






Bits Blog: Microsoft Brings Outlook to iPhone, Other Mobile Devices
Outlook, Microsoft’s workhorse email application, has finally arrived on mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads.
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