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January 12, 2013, 11:25 AM

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Anne Cai / MIT's The Tech:
Aaron Swartz commits suicide  —  Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech.  Swartz was 26.  —  “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is, regrettably, true,” …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIP, Aaron Swartz  —  My friend Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday, Jan 11.  He was 26.  I got woken up with the news about an hour ago.  I'm still digesting it — I suspect I'll be digesting it for a long time — but I thought it was important to put something public up so that we could talk about it.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
U.S. warns on Java software as security concerns escalate  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable Oracle Corp's Java software, amplifying security experts' prior warnings to hundreds of millions of consumers and businesses that use it to surf the Web.
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 …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Fights to Keep His Job  —  After Andrew Mason founded Groupon (GRPN) in 2008, companies like Google (GOOG) and LivingSocial rushed to imitate the daily deal business he created.  Less than five years later, the allure of discounted spa packages and wine-tasting classes has faded.
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Fred Wilson hints that Twitter is profitable  —  Hints that Twitter might be profitable could fuel IPO talk.  (Fred Tanneau/ AFP/Getty Images)  —  Thursday night, I responded to a tweet by Howard Lindzon, chief executive and co-founder of Stocktwits, about newspapers and Twitter.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @joshelman and @fredwilsonThanks:@nextnewsroom
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
The less expensive iPhone  —  Rumors of a less expensive iPhone, in one form or another, certainly aren't new.  Rumors follow want.  We want iPhones, the less expensive iPhones are the more of them we can have, and the more often we can have them.  We know that.  Analysts know that.
More: Mashable!Tweets: @matt_walton
The Verge:
The Verge Awards: the best of CES 2013  —  This is not about revenge.  This is about justice.  This is the best of CES 2013.  —  We came, we saw, we got lost in a virtual world.  And now we're back.  The show that was supposed to be the last of the biggest — the end of the best …
Daniel Perez / Ubergizmo:
China Policy Demands New Residences Have Fiber Optic Connections  —  While the U.S. plays catch up with the rest of the world with its broadband speeds, other countries are continuing to make a harder push for its people to enjoy broadband Internet connections.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
It Looks Like SV Angel Just Raised Another $30 Million  —  According to an SEC filing, Silicon Valley investor SV Angel has raised a new round of funding for a fund titled, SV Angel-III Growth P.  —  As we reported in August, SV Angel filed another document with the SEC that indicated …
More: Reuters
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Facebook testing $100 charge to send messages to strangers  —  Test deliberately sets a high price point to see just how much people will pay  —  Some Facebook users have seen an unusual popup when they attempt to send messages to people outside their network.

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