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January 15, 2013, 11:00 AM

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Marcia Hofmann / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
David Kravets / Wired:
Megaupload's Entrapment Claim is ‘Baseless,’ Feds Say  —  Megaupload's contention that the authorities entrapped the now-shuttered file-sharing service is “baseless,” the government said in a new court filing.  —  The brouhaha concerns part of the government's rationale to seize Megaupload domains …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Surface Estimate Cut in Half to 1 Million Units at UBS  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s fiscal second- quarter earnings will be less than previously expected due to weak demand for personal-computers and the company's new tablet, Surface, according to Brent Thill, an analyst at UBS AG.
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).
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.

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