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January 21, 2013, 11:50 PM

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry 10 OS walkthrough, BlackBerry Z10 pricing  —  With BlackBerry 10′s official launch just around the corner, we happened upon a few photos of the final gold master version of the operating system running on a BlackBerry Z10 handset.  Well, thanks to a close source at BlackBerry …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google makes Microsoft sweat over Sync cutoff, but Windows Phone will get DAV support  —  A curious twist in the ongoing ecosystems war  —  Google's decision to drop Exchange ActiveSync support, a protocol used to sync Gmail calendar, contacts, and mail items on mobile devices, left Microsoft surprised and disappointed.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Proposes an Internet Tax  —  PARIS — France, seeking fresh ways to raise funds and frustrated that American technology companies that dominate its digital economy are largely beyond the reach of French fiscal authorities, has proposed a new levy: an Internet tax on the collection of personal data.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Searching for Relevance: Yahoo Aiming to Be the “Google of Content”  —  Earlier today in Germany, new Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro pretty much told a crowd at the DLD conference in Munich that the portal — which he is now responsible for helping run — needs a drastic overhaul.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Megabad: A quick look at the state of Mega's encryption  —  Puzzling design choices and potential holes make the service a mixed bag.  —  The news this past weekend was all Mega, Mega, Mega.  We've covered the launch of the new “cyber locker” service (and I swear that's the last time I'll ever use …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Victims of Revenge Porn Mount Class Action Suit Against GoDaddy and Texxxan.com  —  Ms. Toups being filmed for a video news segment about her experience with revenge porn.  (Photo: Instagram/h0lliewood)  —  “I don't think that society really realizes how rampant it is,” Sarah …
More: The Verge and Daily Dot
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Behind The Scenes Of The iPhone 5 Jailbreak  —  Technically speaking, the iPhone 5 is already jailbroken.  You're just not allowed to have it yet.  The reason for this is because one of the bugs that contributes to a functional jailbreak is so good, that the hackers who discovered …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A Casualty on the Battlefield of Amazon's Partisan Book Reviews  —  Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published.  —  In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook …
More: GeekWire and The Verge
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Samsung exec confirms 8-inch Galaxy Note coming to MWC  —  The internet has been quietly discussing the possibility of an 8-inch Galaxy Note for a while now, but nothing appeared at CES.  However, these rumors might've just been waiting for the right time to become a reality …
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
PayPal: ‘Aggressive changes’ coming to frozen funds policy  —  PayPal's overzealous fraud filters have frustrated customers for years, with an inscrutable verification process that leaves some battling for months to get access to their money.  —  The eBay ( EBAY, Fortune 500) …

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