Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:

Samsung sold 71-75M smartphones in the holiday quarter, on par with Apple’s 74.5M iPhone sales  —  Apple and Samsung in Dead Heat for Smartphone Dominance  —  Apple, which years ago ceded the top spot in the global smartphone market to rival Samsung, appears to have pulled into a dead heat.


Eric Johnson / Re/code:

App Annie 2014 Index: Google Play saw 60% more downloads than iOS App Store, but App Store generated about 70% more in revenue  —  Google Play Downloads Are Growing Faster, but Apple Is Still Winning the Money Race  —  2014 was a big year for Android apps and games; Google Play outpaced Apple’s App Store …


Ainsley O’Connell / Fast Company:

Rolling Stone archive comes to Google Play Newsstand on Friday; 3-4 stories per issue available free  —  Rolling Stone Teams Up With Google Play To Monetize Its Archives  —  When Robin Williams died last year, mourning fans turned to the web—and Rolling Stone was ready for them.

Associated Press:

Samsung’s 4Q earnings drop 27 percent, beats forecast  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. says its quarterly earnings dropped 27 percent in the fourth quarter but its result beat forecasts.  —  The world’s top smartphone maker reported Thursday that its October-December earnings …


Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

Facebook video views hit 3B per day, up from 1B daily views in September 2014  —  Facebook Now Has 3B Video Views Per Day (No Break Out Of Autoplay)  —  If it’s starting to feel to you like every visit you make to Facebook these days is full of videos, you are not alone.


Garett Sloane / Adweek:

Facebook mobile ad revenue accounts for 69% of total ad revenue in Q4, up from 53% Q4 2013; 1.19B mobile MAUs  —  Facebook Just Shared Insane Q4 Mobile Numbers and Ad Sales  —  Its smartphone promos alone did $2.5 billion  —  Facebook’s mobile sales continue to skyrocket …


Signe Brewster / Gigaom:

Meta raises $23M Series A to refine its augmented reality glasses  —  The Meta 1 develop kit.  —  The Meta 1 develop kit.  —  Meta, an early startup in the augmented reality industry, has raised a $23 million Series A round led by Horizons Ventures, Tim Draper, BOE Optoelectronics and Garry Tan and Alexis Ohanian of Y Combinator.


Josh Constine / TechCrunch:

Facebook Beats Estimates In Q4 With $3.85B Revenue, User Growth Up To 2.9% QOQ To Hit 1.39B  —  Facebook met the street’s estimates in its Q4 2014 earnings.  It now has 1.38 billion users, up 2.2% quarter over quarter, which was a little slower than in Q4.  The company brought $0.48 EPIS on $3.77 billion in revenue.

Facebook:

Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.  —  “We got a lot done in 2014.  Our community continues to grow and we’re making progress towards connecting the world …

Andrew Grush / Android Authority:

Evleaks reveals render showing off One M9 in two sizes, with improved aesthetics  —  With HTC set to unveil its next flagship in March, we’re already hearing quite a few rumors on what to expect from the One (M9).  In addition to talk of specs, there have also been several leaked images …