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January 4, 2013, 12:50 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 …
Ethan Bilby / Reuters:
EU says its Google case not affected by U.S. ruling  —  (Reuters) - A decision by U.S. regulators to end a probe into whether Google Inc hurt rivals by manipulating internet searches will not affect the European Union's examination of the company.  —  “We have taken note of the FTC …
David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
The E-Reader Revolution: Over Just as It Has Begun?  —  The e-reader era just arrived, but now it may be ending.  —  Dedicated devices for reading e-books have been a hot category for the past half-dozen years, but the shrinking sizes and falling prices of full-featured tablet computers …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Forrester Report Says Apple Will Sell $39 Billion In Macs and iPads To Businesses Over Next 2 Years  —  Forrester Research is reporting that Apple will sell $39 billion in Macs and iPads through 2014.  —  According to the firm's latest report, Apple will sell $7 billion worth of Macs …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Kim Dotcom: US “planted” evidence to obtain illegal search warrants  —  Kim Dotcom living large in happier times.  —  Handout  —  Megaupload has accused US investigators of “planting” evidence the government used to prove that Megaupload knowingly kept copyrighted files on its servers and ultimately shut the file-sharing site down.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Ex-Windows boss Steven Sinofsky launches new blog focused on ‘technology product development’  —  Steven Sinofsky may no longer hold the Windows reins at Microsoft, but that certainly doesn't mean that he intends on stepping back from the public sphere.  Made famous for his work on Windows 7 …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
CinemaNow or never: Rovi puts its digital movie store up for sale  —  After having spent $720 million on it two years ago, Rovi announced Thursday that it intends to sell its Rovi Entertainment Store digital video platform, which was formerly known as CinemaNow.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Write Gambling Software, Go to Prison  —  In a criminal case sure to make programmers nervous, a software maker who licenses a program used by online casinos and bookmakers overseas is being charged with promoting gambling in New York because authorities say his software was used by others for illegal betting in that state.
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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 …
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
China's ‘weibo’ accounts shuttered as part of Internet crackdown  —  BEIJING - Several influential Chinese bloggers, activists and even a popular cartoonist have had their online microblogging accounts shut down in recent days, belying the hopes of many here that the country's …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Sony in talks for virtual MSO service  —  Conglom could roll out over-the-top channels later this year  —  Sony Corp. will show off a wide range of new products at next week's Consumer Electronics Show, but one that will stay under wraps could be its riskiest: a multichannel TV service to rival cable.
Mark Hearn / Engadget:
Samsung rolling out Exynos security patch to UK Galaxy S III owners  —  A few weeks back a security exploit was discovered that left owners of select Exynos-powered Samsung devices feeling uneasy.  While an independent developer quickly cooked up a fix, Samsung soon acknowledged the issue …

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