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January 11, 2013, 4:05 PM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Blocks Java 7 on OS X to Address Widespread Security Threat  —  As noted by ZDNet, a major security vulnerability in Java 7 has been discovered, with the vulnerability currently being exploited in the wild by malicious parties.  In response to threat, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security …
AppleInsider:
Reuters: Cheaper iPhone story withdrawn after ‘substantial changes’ to China report  —  Rumors of a more affordable iPhone for emerging markets took an interesting turn Friday, as the major news organization Reuters opted to rescind a story originally filed, based on comments allegedly made by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller.
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Update: Apple Never Denied the Cheap iPhone Rumor After All  —  About those cheap iPhones that weren't, it turns out Apple's Phil Schiller might not have said the exact words that “they will never be the future.”  —  Update 3:00 p.m.: So, Schiller never said anything about cheap iPhones to the Shanghai Evening News, turns out.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon's “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled  —  In 2011 the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States to launch the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).  —  The parties agreed to implement a system through which subscribers are warned …
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
FTC Chairman Defends Google Settlement: We Did What The Law Required  —  It's been just over a week since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced a historic settlement with Google, wherein they declined to press antitrust charges after a 19-month-long investigation into the Internet giant's search and mobile businesses.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple appoints Xerox CFO Luca Maestri as new corporate controller  —  In a bid to strengthen its financial division, Apple has lured away Xerox executive vice president and CFO Luca Maestri, appointing him as its new corporate controller.  —  Announcing Maestri's departure in a press release …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Deal for Kodak Patents Approved by Judge  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), Google Inc. (GOOG) and other technology companies won court approval for a $525 million deal for Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ) patents that are being sold as part of Kodak's bid to exit bankruptcy protection.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Cracking the China code: Microsoft vs. Apple  —  In 2011 Microsoft's CEO bemoaned that revenue in China was about 5% of what it obtained in the US.  Yesterday Apple's CEO suggested that revenue from China will overtake the US in the near future.  —  The contrast is even more stark …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
AngelList's new online investment feature raises $1m for startups in its first month  —  AngelList has announced that its Invest Online feature has already brought $1 million in commitments from investors in less than a month.  —  The service, which connects early-stage startups with interested investors …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Postal Service must stop favoring Netflix DVDs over GameFly ones, says appeals court  —  A US appeals court has ruled in favor of GameFly in a long-running suit against the Postal Service, determining once again that the Postal Service gave preferential treatment to Netflix and Blockbuster by sorting their DVDs.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BitTorrent brings torrent discovery, downloading directly to the browser with Surf Chrome extension  —  BitTorrent on Thursday announced Surf, a Chrome extension that lets you discover and download torrents directly in Google's browser.  The company says it also plans to release an add-on for Firefox soon …

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