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January 17, 2013, 3:20 PM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
Google's Larry Page on Why Moon Shots Matter  —  Larry Page lives by the gospel of 10x.  Most companies would be happy to improve a product by 10 percent.  Not the CEO and cofounder of Google.  The way Page sees it, a 10 percent improvement means that you're basically doing the same thing as everybody else.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Google Nexus 7 tops iPad in Japan: Is this a trend?  —  Google's Nexus 7 is making serious market-share headway against Apple in Japan, according to Nikkei.  —  Google's Nexus 7 is gaining market share in Japan and topped Apple's iPad in one survey.  —  Japanese digital device consumers are some of the savviest in the world.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Lenovo announces ThinkPad Chromebook for schools  —  Summary: Lenovo will offer a Chromebook version of its ThinkPad X131e for the education sector.  The Chromebook will be sold only to schools for grades K-12.  —  James Kendrick  —  The folks at Lenovo are going into the Chromebook space …
Steve Cheney / steve's blog:
Graph Search's False Promise and the Con of the Facebook “Like”  —  We all know that the pressure for Facebook to monetize is massive and growing.  Yesterday Zuckerberg fulfilled the promise he dropped at TC Disrupt to release a product that will finally compete with Google.
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
Asustek in Talks to Offer Windows 8 Phones  —  TAIPEI—Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. is in talks with Microsoft Corp. on a licensing deal to offer Windows 8 mobile phones, an executive said, making it the latest Asian computer maker eyeing the new operating system.
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Stalking Europe for Mergers  —  AT&T Inc. is once again starting up its deal machine.  —  The telecommunications giant is considering buying a counterpart in Europe, a bet that it can best escape constraints on growth at home by getting into a new wireless market where it can upgrade technology …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon looks to reduce Apple's hold on music sales with launch of MP3 web store for iPhone and iPod touch  —  Amazon has taken another step at reducing Apple's hold over on-device music sales, today announcing the launch of its HTML5 MP3 web store specifically for iPhone and iPod touch …
Rick Broida / CNET:
MediaFire debuts for Android, offers users 50GB of free cloud storage  —  No, really: 50 gigabytes.  The app has a few limitations, but it's still a major score for any Android user with an eye to the cloud.  —  Back in August, I wrote about cloud-storage service MediaFire …
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 …
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Yelp begins adding restaurant inspection scores to listings, starting in San Francisco and New York  —  Giving its users more information on the restaurants within its listings, Yelp has today added a new metric to restaurant listings — hygiene scores — providing businesses with a way of advertising …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
OpenX Raises $22.5 Million in Round Led by Samsung Venture Unit  —  OpenX Software said it had raised $22.5 million in a Series E funding round, with Samsung Venture Investment Corporation as lead investor.  —  All told, the Los Angeles-based online advertising technology company has raised $70 million.
Galen Moore / Boston Business Journal:
U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz … U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire for the prosecution of Internet entrepreneur and activist Aaron Swartz, on Wednesday issued her first statement responding to the controversy that has followed Swartz's suicide.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
ABI Research: Apple iPhone market share to peak at 22% in 2013, but will remain flat through 2018  —  Apple's smartphone market share may peak this year at 22%, but likely won't gain greater control of the market over the next five years, says ABI Research.  —  The research firm goes …
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?
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.
Sarah Mitroff / Wired:
Does Facebook Praise Kill Self-Control?  —  One hateful Facebook comment might reduce you to tears, but a recent study found that the “likes” prompted by your status updates and photo posts might also have a negative impact, especially on your waistline and pocketbook.
Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
Amazon fighting $234 million tax deficiency in Tax Court : filing  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc. is challenging a $234 million U.S. tax bill, contesting Internal Revenue Service tax calculations for cash transfers between the parent company and its European subsidiaries, according to a court filing.

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