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January 15, 2013, 7:20 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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
How The New Facebook Search Is Different & Unique From Google Search  —  At long last, Facebook's search challenge to Google has arrived.  But it has arrived in a much different format than many expected.  Indeed, Facebook's not using its data to provide a better search that Google.
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 …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Lawmakers slam DOJ prosecution of Swartz as ‘ridiculous, absurd’  —  House lawmakers blasted federal prosecutors on Tuesday for pushing aggressive hacking charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who killed himself on Friday.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) says his Oversight panel …
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.
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 …
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 …
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
News outlets improperly used photos posted to Twitter: judge  —  (Reuters) - A judge has found that two news organizations improperly used images that a photojournalist had posted to Twitter in one of the first big tests of intellectual property law involving social media.
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.
Bart Jansen / USA Today:
FAA to pilots: Turn off personal devices in the cockpit  —  It's akin to not texting while driving, airline safety expert and former pilot John Cox says. … WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to prohibit pilots from using personal wireless devices in the cockpit …
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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.

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