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January 12, 2013, 3:25 PM

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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  —  To the extent possible under law, Cory Doctorow has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to “RIP, Aaron Swartz.”  —  Update: Go read Lessig: “He was brilliant, and funny.  A kid genius.  A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think?
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Oracle Corp to fix Java security flaw “shortly”  —  (Reuters) - Oracle Corp said it is preparing an update to address a flaw in its widely used Java software after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security urged computer users to disable the program in web browsers because criminal hackers are exploiting a security bug to attack PCs.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Tencent Responds in Case of Apparent WeChat Censorship  —  The evidence.  —  Yesterday we broke the story of how WeChat, the world's biggest Whatsapp-style messaging app, was apparently censoring words that are deemed “sensitive” on the Chinese web right now.
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 …
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  —  Thursday night, I responded to a tweet by Howard Lindzon, chief executive and co-founder of Stocktwits, about newspapers and Twitter.  That prompted a reply from Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson, who was an early Twitter investor and former board member.
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: Forbes and CNETTweets: @matt_walton
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.

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