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January 18, 2013, 4:35 AM

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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.
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.
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.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
HBO comedy “Silicon Valley” is a lot better than Bravo reality show “Silicon Valley”  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California—Last month came word that HBO, Time Warner's premium cable network, had ordered the pilot episode of Silicon Valley, a half-hour comedy skewering the US technology industry.
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Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Tony Fadell on the unique nature of Apple's design process  —  Often referred to as the godfather of the iPod, former Apple executive and current Nest CEO Tony Fadell played an instrumental part in Apple's resurgence.  Indeed, Fadell joined Apple in February 2001 where he got to work designing the original iPod.
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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 …
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
‘Rogue clouds’ giving IT staffs nightmares  —  Inefficient storage methods also seen as raising costs in cloud, survey finds By Ellen Messmer, Network World January 16, 2013 06:06 AM ET Network World - Cloud computing is increasingly being adopted by companies around the world, but IT managers say …
Reuters:
AT&T faces $10 billion pension charge, other costs  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc warned on Thursday that it will take a fourth quarter charge of about $10 billion due to bigger than expected pension obligations, sending its shares down 1.3 percent.  —  The telephone company also said that results …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Apple Looks to Improve Siri's Script  —  Apple's virtual assistant Siri may have its roots in a Pentagon-funded artificial intelligence research project, but algorithms aren't everything and the Cupertino company is now turning to writers to make Siri smarter.
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
California Budget Hurt by Facebook's Stock-Price Slump  —  Facebook Inc.'s disappointing IPO has claimed another victim: California's budget.  —  Aides to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown last week lowered their estimate of how much revenue the state will get from Facebook's initial public offering …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
House bill wants $5,000 fine for video games without ESRB rating  —  Another year, another congressman proposing legislation demanding some sort of label on video games.  This time around it's Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), who introduced HR287, the Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Mobile Video App Montaj Makes Editing As Easy As Shaking Your Phone  —  The latest entrant into the mobile video segment is Montaj, a new app launching next week which seeks to be a kind of “Instagram for Video.”  Montaj was founded by Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long, a couple of New York-based entrepreneurs …
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
VCs Invested $26.5B In 3,698 Companies In 2012, Total Dollars And Deal Volume Both Down  —  A new MoneyTree Report is being released this evening, showing that annual VC investment dollars have declines for the first time in three years.  The study, which as conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers …
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.
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)

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