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January 16, 2013, 7:15 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.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Facebook Is No Longer Flat: On Graph Search  —  By now the news is sweeping across the blogosophere and into the mainstream press: Facebook is doing Search!  Well, not so fast.  Facebook is not doing search, at least not search Google-style.  However, the world's largest social network …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
I conceal my identity the same way Aaron was indicted for  —  According to his indictment, Aaron Swartz was charged with wirefraud for concealing/changing his “true identity”.  It sent chills down my back, because I do everything on that list (and more).  —  To understand what I do …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Apple Needs to Adapt to Emerging-Market Growth, Sculley Says  —  Ex-Apple CEO: Apple Must Adapt to Emerging-Markets  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) needs to overhaul its supply chain to meet demand for cheaper smartphones in emerging markets, former Chief Executive Officer John Sculley said.
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
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.
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 …
Esteban Israel / Reuters:
Twitter to open office in social network-crazed Brazil  —  * Follows in footsteps of Facebook and Amazon  —  Without even setting foot in Brazil, Twitter attracted 40 million subscribers in this social network-obsessed nation.  —  Now the U.S. company is planning to open an office …

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