January 4, 2013, 6:30 PM

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Dave Heiner / TechNet Blogs:
The FTC and Google: A Missed Opportunity  —  Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft  —  The FTC took steps today to address some of Google's improper business practices.  We find it troubling that the agency did not adhere to its own standard procedures that call for the agency …
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Rich Tom to leave company in Q1  —  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Rich Tom are set to depart the company in Q1, Kilar announced in an email to the company's staff, which he made public on Hulu's official blog.  —  In his message, he highlighted the growth …
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung expected to widen smartphone lead over Apple this year  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to widen its lead over Apple Inc in global smartphone sales this year with 35 percent growth, helped by a broad product lineup, market researcher Strategy Analytics told Reuters on Friday.
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Spotify suspends music download service in the UK  —  EXCLUSIVE: No longer supporting purchases  —  Spotify is no longer allowing users to buy music through its streaming service, Pocket-lint has discovered.  —  When trying to buy tracks, even Premium subscribers are met with a notice that states …
Aries Poon / Wall Street Journal:
HTC Vows to Step Up Innovation  —  TAIPEI—The head of HTC Corp. said the beleaguered Taiwanese smartphone maker didn't market their products aggressively enough last year, but vowed to win consumers back by developing more innovative products.  —  HTC had one of its worst years in 2012 …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Amazon Prime Instant Video adds A&E, History, and Lifetime after Netflix's deal falls through  —  Months after Netflix users lose access, Amazon strikes a deal with A&E  —  Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is continuing to fill out its selection with today's announcement …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Pro release date set for late January  —  Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is set to go on sale in late January.  After unveiling the pricing for its Windows 8 tablet late last year, Microsoft has remained relatively quiet about the exact timing of release outside of a promised January timeframe.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Removes Censorship Warning Feature For Search Users In China (Updated)  —  Google has quietly disabled a feature that notified users of its search service in China when a keyword had been censored by the Chinese government's internet controls, according to censorship monitoring blog
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
AWS Management Console Improvements - Tablet and Mobile Support  —  Managing your AWS resources has become easier and more direct over the years!  Let's do a quick recap before we dig in:  — We launched Amazon SQS (2004) and Amazon S3 (2006) as pure APIs, with no tool support whatsoever.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Zipcar Adds A New No-Fee Membership Option In Canada, But Limits Driving To Weekdays  —  Hot on the heels of an acquisition by Avis announced earlier this week, Zipcar will be piloting a no-fee membership option beginning today in Toronto and Vancouver.  The new ‘Access Plan’ pilot project carries …
Don Melton:
Keeping Safari a secret  —  For much of the time we spent developing Safari — long before it was called by that name — it pretended to be Microsoft Internet Explorer.  Specifically, Internet Explorer for Mac, which Apple had provided with the OS since 1998.

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