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January 16, 2013, 11:20 PM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook launches free calling for all iPhone users in the US  —  In early January, Facebook began testing free calling over Wi-Fi and cellular data for all Messenger for iPhone users in Canada, and said that a US launch could be coming soon.  Apparently, the test went well — a new free calling button has appeared in the app.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Lays Off 30% Of Staff As It Restructures Company Into A Profitable State  —  StumbleUpon today laid off 30 percent of its staff, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch.  The move, which brings StumbleUpon's employee count from 110 to 75, is part of a larger restructuring plan …
More: CNET
Royal Pingdom:
Internet 2012 in numbers  —  There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it's impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we're going to give it a shot anyway.  How many emails were sent during 2012?  How many domains are there?  What's the most popular web browser?
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Office 2013: What to expect on the pricing front  —  Summary: Microsoft's Office 2013/new Office should be launching soon.  Here's what we know so far about prices and packages.  —  As expected, Microsoft is pricing its next-generation Office 2013 line-up in a way to try …
More: The Next Web and Neowin
Reuters:
Insight: How cleantech tarnished Kleiner and VC star John Doerr  —  (Reuters) - In the spring of last year, John Doerr received some bad news: Miasole, the solar-panel maker backed by his famed venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was on the verge of bankruptcy.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
New Java Exploit Fetches $5,000 Per Buyer  —  Less than 24 hours after Oracle patched a dangerous security hole in its Java software that was being used to seize control over Windows PCs, miscreants in the Underweb were already selling an exploit for a different and apparently still-unpatched zero …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's 2013 Product Roadmap Predictions: Multiple iPhones, Retina iPad Mini, All-Retina MacBook Pros  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a very good track record in predicting Apple's product plans, has issued a new research report outlining his expectations for Apple's 2013 product launches.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular Support to All Tiered Data Plans  —  AT&T has again expanded access to the FaceTime Over Cellular feature to customers on all tiered data plans with a compatible FaceTime device.  Previously, only users with an LTE device — the iPad 3 and 4 …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Facebook Shatters the Computer Server Into Tiny Pieces  —  MENLO PARK, California — Since you last saw Frank Frankovsky, his beard has grown to epic lengths.  And it suits him.  —  As the man at the center of Facebook's Open Compute Project, Frankovsky spent the last two years rethinking …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
No, Google did not run over a donkey in Botswana  —  Here's a story you don't see every day.  Google on Wednesday has gone on record to deny reports that one of its Google Maps Street View cars killed a donkey in the Kweneng region of Botswana.  Seriously, we're not kidding …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Ready to Invest in Vevo, but the Deal Isn't Done  —  YouTube is set to make another big investment in a content partner.  This time around it's Vevo, the music video site.  —  YouTube and its owner Google have agreed to buy a minority stake in Vevo, according to people familiar with the deal, which hasn't been finalized.
Todd Spangler / multichannel.com/rss:
TWC: Netflix Is Withholding Content to Gain ‘Unprecedented’ Access to ISPs  —  Operator Says It Is in Discussions on Connecting Into Netflix's Private CDN  —  Time Warner Cable said it is currently in discussions with Netflix on terms for connecting into the video streamer's private content delivery network …
evleaks / Unwired View:
HTC M7: first image of the 2013 flagship  —  Thanks to a trusted source with access to an early version of its firmware, we've finally been given a first look at the HTC M7, a flagship device meant to reverse the fortunes of the slumping Taiwanese manufacturer.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: SurveyMonkey Raises $850 Million in Debt and Equity for Tender Offer — Including New Investment From Google's New Late-Stage Unit  —  SurveyMonkey has raised a massive $800 million in debt and additional equity funding, which it plans to distribute in a tender offer, said sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sara Webb / Reuters:
Samsung Galaxy tablets do not infringe Apple design: Dutch court  —  (Reuters) - A Dutch court, citing previous decisions in British courts, has ruled that some Samsung Electronics Galaxy tablets do not infringe an Apple design.  —  Wednesday's ruling by a district court in The Hague concerned …
Michael Geist Blog:
Ontario Court Rejects U.S. Government Demand for Full Access to Megaupload Servers Seized in Canada  —  Many readers will recall that nearly one year ago, the U.S. government launched a global takedown of Megaupload.com, with arrests of the leading executives in New Zealand and the execution of search warrants in nine countries.
Steve Friess / Politico:
How President Obama's inaugural app mines data for Democrats  —  Looking for a public toilet using the new Inauguration smartphone app?  That might just land you on left-leaning email lists or solicited in coming years to be a Democratic campaign donor.  —  Thousands have downloaded …
More: TechCrunch and App AdviceThanks:@stevefriess
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Nexus 7 now available to order with T-Mobile SIM, carrier expands Nexus 4 retail availability  —  There's some good news today for T-Mobile customers looking to add a few more Nexus devices to their lives.  The carrier announced today that the Nexus 7 tablet is now available to order …

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