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January 16, 2013, 7:35 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 …
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
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: TechSpot and Neowin
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.
Limor S Kessem / RSA:
Laser Precision Phishing — Are You on the Bouncer's List Today?  —  By Limor S Kessem, Cybercrime and Online Fraud Communications Specialist, RSA  —  As we close out 2012, it's safe to say that phishing has had yet another record year in attack volumes.  The total number of phishing attacks launched …
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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