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January 15, 2013, 12:40 PM

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Amar Toor / The Verge:
New MySpace opens to the public alongside new Justin Timberlake single  —  MySpace this week quietly opened up its redesigned site to the public.  The so-called “New MySpace” entered internal beta testing in July, and was previewed in September.  Thus far, however, it has only been accessible …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Belgian consumer group sues Apple over its ‘misleading and illegal’ warranty policy  —  Belgian consumer protection organization Test-Aankoop yesterday filed a lawsuit (Dutch) against Apple for not respecting local laws on warranties.  —  All Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited commercial warranty …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Fortunes of Facebook May Hinge on Searches  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly a year after it announced its bid to go public, Facebook is confronting the ultimate burden of the information age: how to help its users find what they are looking for amid the billions of pictures, “likes” and status updates they post every day.
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Lawrence Mower / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
If you lose your cellphone, don't blame Wayne Dobson … Wayne Dobson doesn't have your cellphone.  —  Even if it looks like he might.  —  In the past two years the 59-year-old retiree has been pestered by people showing up at all hours of the day and night at his house, demanding their phones.
Scott Cleland / The Daily Caller:
What if Microsoft exited the search business?  —  Amazingly, most everyone totally ignores a linchpin competitive assumption when they talk about search competition and Google's antitrust liabilities - that Microsoft will always be a competitor in the search advertising business.
Apple:
Wi-Fi + Cellular Models of iPad mini & Fourth Generation iPad Available in China This Friday  —  BEIJINGJanuary 15, 2013Apple® today announced the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of iPad® mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina® display will be available in China on Friday …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Y Combinator is funding the future of spam in Windows - drive-by crapware installers  —  Many people in the technology startup community have very high regards for Paul Graham and Y Combinator, the exclusive seed accelerator program in Silicon Valley which has under its belt acclaimed successes like reddit, Airbnb and Dropbox.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Worry Over Sales Spurs Talk of Cheaper iPhones  —  By now, most of the world knows what an iPhone is — and they know it typically doesn't come cheap.  —  That is the problem Apple faces.  Analysts say it must decide whether to keep catering to the high end of the phone market …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
An Ivy education without the debt?  Minerva Project creates non-profit to figure out how  —  The Minerva Project, which turned heads last April with its mega $25 million seed round, has grand ambitions for bringing a Harvard-level education to the Web.  But there are two aspects …
Marco Tabini / Macworld:
How Apple sets its prices  —  Comparison-shopping for new electronics can be fun and addictive.  With a bit of patience, some luck, and an eye for good deals, you can find everything from TV sets to hard drives at a significant discount.  In fact, in our economy, discounts …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
SevOne To Go For IPO, Raises $150 Million From Bain Capital To Expand P2P IT Monitoring  —  SevOne, an IT management company that uses peer-to-peer (P2P) technology to manage all elements of a customer's IT infrastructure, has raised $150 million from Bain Capital to scale out its IT management offering and issue an IPO.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
OkCupid Wants to Send Members on a ‘Crazy Blind Date’  —  OkCupid, the dating site, has spent the last few years experimenting with ways to appeal to increasingly tech-savvy and pressed-for-time singles.  In 2011, the company rolled out a “locals” feature that showed other singles nearby …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Departs — With More Top Execs Under CEO Scrutiny  —  Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Justin Somaini (pictured here) has left the company, according to sources.  —  It's not clear why the top security risk exec has departed the Silicon Valley Internet giant.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows Phone app revenue and downloads double as Microsoft debuts contest for prime-time ad spot  —  To kick off 2013 in the Windows Phone app world, Microsoft has announced a new contest for developers called Windows Phone Next App Star.  The top prize is a featured placement of the app in a Windows Phone prime-time TV ad in the US.
Kristin Jones / Wall Street Journal:
Arris to Sell $150 Million in Shares to Comcast in Google Set-Top Acquisition  —  Cable equipment provider Arris Group Inc. (ARRS) has agreed to sell around $150 million in shares to Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) as part of its deal to buy Motorola Mobility's set-top box business from Google Inc. (GOOG).
Sam Byford / The Verge:
LG deflects blame for Nexus 4 supply issues  —  Google has had some pretty heavy supply shortages since putting the Nexus 4 handset on sale in November, but manufacturer LG doesn't see a problem from its point of view.  An official speaking to the Chosun Ilbo has said that production …
Bloomberg:
Dell Said to Be in Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms  —  Dell Inc. (DELL), the personal-computer maker that lost almost a third of its value last year, is in buyout talks with private-equity firms, two people with knowledge of the matter said.  The shares surged.

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