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January 18, 2013, 8:35 AM

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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.
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.
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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.
More: GigaOMThanks:@anderzole
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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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: Smartphone Battle Ready To Rage In Brazil, Russia, India  —  In a research note released today, Nielsen examines the potential for smartphone growth in the BRIC region (Brazil, Russia, India, China), where, in many cases, feature phones still dominate.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Kim Dotcom reveals Mega will offer 50GB of free storage, hopes to offer Megaupload data transfer  —  Kim Dotcom on Thursday used Twitter to reveal some interesting new tidbits in regards to his upcoming Mega service, which will be hosted at the New Zealand-based domain Mega.co.nz.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Nokia releases 3D case printing files for Lumia 820  —  Nokia has released the 3D printing files for its Lumia 820 interchangeable casings, allowing owners to create their own custom shells for the Windows Phone.  The free 3D-printing Development Kit (or 3DK, as Nokia is calling it) …
Andrea Shalal-Esa / Reuters:
Iran strengthened cyber capabilities after Stuxnet: U.S. general  —  Reuters/Reuters - John Bumgarner, a cyber warfare expert who is chief technology officer of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, a non-profit group that studies the impact of cyber threats, works on his laptop ...more
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Sony selling NY headquarters for $1.1 billion, will rent space from new owners  —  Despite losing a little less each quarter since Kazuo Hirai took over as CEO, Sony still appears to be looking for ways to cut the fat.  Its latest move?  Sell the house.  Taking a page from Nokia's book …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Fortune's top 100 employers for 2013: Google first, Microsoft #75, Apple and Facebook don't make it  —  Fortune on Thursday released its list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2013, and some of the results are surprising.  While it's not exactly shocking to see Google in first place …
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 …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Draft bill would make mobile developers delete your stored data  —  US Representative Hank Johnson (D, GA) is unveiling a new draft bill that would require app developers to disclose their information-gathering practices, and allow users to request their stored information to be deleted.
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.
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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