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January 15, 2013, 6:45 PM

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Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Graph Search Beta  —  Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected.  The main way we do this is by giving people the tools to map out their relationships with the people and things they care about.  We call this map the graph.  It's big and constantly expanding with new people, content and connections.
TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces Its Third Pillar “Graph Search” That Gives You Answers, Not Links Like Google  —  Today at Facebook's press event, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced its latest product, called Graph Search.  Two of the members of the Graph Search team, Lars Rasmussen and Tom Stocky …
Thomas Houston / The Verge:
Facebook Graph Search hands-on: a brand new social search  —  Say hello to the new global search bar  —  We just got a chance to play with Facebook's new Graph Search with our personal account, and it's decidedly not a small addition to the site.  The entire top menubar has been redesigned …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Stock Slide Could Cost It the Market Cap Lead  —  Tuesday is proving to be another brutal day for Apple on Wall Street.  The company's shares, which briefly slipped below $500 on Monday, continued their downward slide Tuesday, drifting below that mark once again.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
GoBank: It's a Real Bank, and It's Made by Real Internet People  —  Green Dot today launches the smartphone-based GoBank, which will have no overdraft or penalty fees, no minimum balance and a “pay what you feel is right” monthly membership fee.  —  Let's take a step back to set this up.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Connections SVP Shashi Seth Is Out  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Yahoo Connections SVP Shashi Seth is leaving the company.  CEO Marissa Mayer sent an email earlier today saying the last day for one of the top execs of the company would be tomorrow.
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Demand For Samsung Smartphones Jumps To 23% For Early 2013, iPhone Interest Down 21 Points From Last Quarter  —  ChangeWave has released its quarterly consumer smartphone report, which tracks North American demand for devices and satisfaction with handsets.  The survey covers planned purchases during …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Simple's online-only banking app launches on Android  —  The banking startup reaches a crucial milestone, but it's still just getting started  —  Today online banking startup Simple announced the first Android version of its app, which is designed to replace traditional personal banking with an online-only experience.
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.
Nadia Damouni / Reuters:
Silver Lake in advanced Dell buyout talks: sources  —  (Reuters) - Talks to take No. 3 computer maker Dell Inc private are in an advanced stage with at least four major banks lined up to provide financing, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  —  Buyout firm Silver Lake Partners …
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.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Leaks ahoy!  Near-final BlackBerry Z10 handset outed in hands-on video  —  Leaked photo of the BlackBerry 10 handset.  —  Image courtesy of Tinhte  —  As January 30's BlackBerry 10 unveiling draws closer, more and more details of the software and hardware are coming to light.

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