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January 16, 2013, 5:00 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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Wall Street to Yelp: Facebook Search Should Scare You  —  We won't know what yesterday's Facebook search announcement means for a long time.  Could take years, really.  —  But the market made it up its mind very quickly yesterday, and you can see it illustrated quite nicely below …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Verizon finds US developer outsourced his job to China so he could surf Reddit and watch cat videos  —  No, this is not the Onion, it's not April Fools, and I'm not making this up.  All of this comes straight from Verizon, or more specifically, a case study from 2012 outlined by its security team.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft teases Surface Pro as 90-day deadline nears  —  Manger of Surface line says tablet arriving ‘in the coming weeks’  —  Microsoft teased the Surface Pro today, hinting that the company will soon announce an on-sale date for its second tablet.  —  “On my way to the factory to check …
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 …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Apple, Amazon ordered to try settlement in ‘app store’ suit  —  Even though Apple's ongoing case against Amazon over its use of the term “app store” is scheduled to go to trial, the judge wants the companies to work to settle beforehand.  —  A judge has ordered Apple and Amazon to meet …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Nikkei: Nintendo to launch unified console and handheld division by February 16th (update: confirmed)  —  Nintendo plans to merge its handheld and console gaming units into one division to create next generation hardware “that will turn heads,” according to Nikkei.
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
Samsung Chromebox gets updated with Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge CPU  —  Summary: The mini-desktop PC, which runs the Google Chrome OS, shows up online in a new configuration that doesn't include an under-powered processor for once.  —  Sean Portnoy  —  Google has tried to convince potential buyers …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Soho TechLabs Shuts Down Social Travel Site CasaHop  —  Back in April 2012, the HuffPo cabal-backed Soho TechLabs launched a social travel site called CasaHop that allowed users to “connect with people worldwide to trade homes for vacations and more.”  Now, Soho TechLab's CEO Paul Berry told Betabeat …
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Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Intel And Facebook Team To Open Source Data-Center Designs, Open Compute Project Grows With 12 New Members  —  Facebook announced today at the Open Compute Summit that it is open-sourcing more of its data center designs for storing pictures, high availability and power consumption in data centers.

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