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January 12, 2013, 10:05 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,” …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Geneva Sands / Hillicon Valley:
Google's Schmidt was a ‘rock star’ in North Korea, Richardson says  —  Richardson and Schmidt recently returned from a controversial trip to North Korea that was criticized by the State Department.  One of the goals of their visit was to encourage the spread of Internet access in the insular country.

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