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January 17, 2013, 8:20 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: Betabeat
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Microsoft pushes ahead with its own take on WebRTC  —  Microsoft's Open Technologies unit published a prototype implementation of browser-based video chat today that allows a user of a Mac OS-based Chrome browser to chat with a user running IE 10 on Windows.
More: CNET, MSDN Blogs and Neowin
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)
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 …

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