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January 11, 2013, 7:15 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 …
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 …
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.
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Reuters: Cheaper iPhone story withdrawn after ‘substantial changes’ to China report  —  Rumors of a more affordable iPhone for emerging markets took an interesting turn Friday, as the major news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.
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Next-Generation iPad and iPad Mini Rumored for March Launch  —  Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White today released a new report highlighting some of his observations from this week's CES in Las Vegas, noting that “checks” at the show suggest that Apple is looking to launch …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft preps for the coming Office 365 refresh  —  Summary: Microsoft is planning a major refresh of its Office 365 cloud-hosted business apps, possibly later this month.  Here's what it's telling partners to expect with the coming roll-out.  —  Microsoft officials still have yet …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft Messenger Service not going anywhere just yet  —  Enlarge / The Skype client being used for instant messaging.  —  Skype  —  Earlier this week came widespread reports that Microsoft would be retiring its widely used Messenger service on March 15th, forcing all users …
Brittany Hillen / SlashGear:
IDC report claims consoles will remain top in gaming through 2014 and beyond  —  A report from the International Data Corporation claims that consoles will remain at the top of the totem pole in the world of gaming for the foreseeable future.  Of those gaming consoles, the Xbox 360 …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Leaked images may show black & white Blackberry Z10s, BBM Video and more (updated)  —  As Sony, Apple and others well know, it's hard to slip a phone into the marketplace without leaks, considering the many, many points on the supply chain where Mr. Blurrycam can spot it.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Just How Dumb Is It For CBS To Block CNET From Giving Dish An Award?  —  As you may or may not recall, last year, pretty much all the TV networks sued Dish Networks over a new feature it had launched, PrimeTime Any Time (PTAT), with its Autohopper technology on its DVRs.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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