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January 17, 2013, 6:40 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.
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Larry Page talks Google's fragile influence on Motorola  —  This past year Google decidedly purchased Motorola not only for their extensive patent portfolio, but their track record in the mobile industry - and this week Google's CEO Larry Page has given more insight as to what hardware …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google CEO Larry Page says Facebook is doing ‘a really bad job on their products’  —  Google CEO Larry Page doesn't often give interviews, but he usually doesn't pull punches when he does.  In a new interview with Wired's Steven Levy, Page opened up on a wide variety of topics, including Facebook's ability to launch new products.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
After Reports of User Revolt, Instagram Releases Monthly Active User Data for the First Time  —  After weeks of accusations that Instagram has seen a sharp drop in its user numbers, the photo-sharing service released new data that gives better insight into the actual number of people using the service on a regular basis.
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.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Still More About The Death Of Aaron Swartz  —  United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who still has political ambitions beyond her current station, and her husband, and some unfortunate media enablers, have finally organized a response to the torrent of criticism she and her office have received …
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Galen Moore / Boston Business Journal:
Bloomberg:
Box CEO Levie Targets 2014 IPO After Global Expansion This Year  —  Box Inc., the Web-storage provider with more than 140,000 business customers, is planning to hold its initial public offering in 2014, Chief Executive Officer Aaron Levie said yesterday in an interview.
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple's iOS Newsstand Now Offers Hearst Magazines Days Before Print And Other Digital Stores  —  Apple today quietly launched a new feature for Newsstand, whereby publications by partner Hearst (covering their entire catalog) will now be available to subscribers days before they come to print, or other digital editions.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Intel posts strong Q4 performance with revenue of $13.5 billion, and EPS of $0.48 despite low PC demand  —  Today Intel reported its fourth quarter financial performance: including revenue of $13.5 billion and earnings per share of $0.48.  Intel had a total net income of $2.5 billion for the quarter.
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 …
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 …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Google to build £1bn UK headquarters at London's King's Cross  —  Technology giant plans to relocate two offices and move into new 2.4 acre complex by 2016  —  Google has completed a £1bn property deal to move its UK headquarters to a brownfield site in London's King's Cross area.
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.
Bloomberg:
Dish Network Asks FCC to Pause Its Sprint-Softbank Review  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) asked U.S. regulators to pause their consideration of Softbank Corp. (9984)'s proposed $20 billion purchase of Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) as the satellite-television provider pursues Sprint partner Clearwire Corp. (CLWR)
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.

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