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January 22, 2013, 8:25 PM

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Google Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results  —  Google Inc. reported consolidated revenues of $14.42 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.  Consolidated revenues would have been $15.24 billion had Motorola Home been included.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Pulls 500px's Mobile Apps From The App Store, Claiming It's Too Easy To Search For Nude Photos  —  Toronto photo-sharing startup 500px is reporting today that both of its applications, 500px for iOS and its recent acquisition ISO500, have been pulled from the Apple App Store due to concerns about nude photos.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Grows Surface Family  —  Announces Surface Windows 8 Pro availability, market expansion and new accessories.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Surface family of PCs is growing.  Its newest model — Surface Windows 8 Pro — will be available for purchase on Feb. 9 …
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro, Available in US & Canada on February 9th  —  When it launched Surface RT, Microsoft mentioned that 3 months later it would be bringing out an Ivy Bridge version running Windows 8 Pro.  At the end of last year, Microsoft announced pricing for Surface Pro …
More: 9to5Mac and Fortune
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Stormy Peters / Mozilla Hacks:
Announcing the Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone!  —  Firefox OS is a new mobile operating system built entirely using open web standards.  In Firefox OS, HTML5 apps can do “phone things” - they can make the phone vibrate, make a phone call or send a text message.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Microsoft Might Kick In $1-$3 Billion To Help With The Dell Buy Out  —  Microsoft is in talks to participate in the deal to take Dell private, CNBC's David Faber reports.  According to his sources, Microsoft might invest $1-$3 billion with the group looking to take Dell private.
Bloomberg:
Dell Said to Near Buyout as Microsoft Discusses Deal Financing  —  Dell computer inventory at a Best Buy store in Utah.  Microsoft has a stake in propping up Dell, one of its largest partners in selling personal computers that run Windows software.  —  Dell Inc. (DELL) is getting closer …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
As Obama heads back to office, a battle rages over the tech that got him reelected  —  Programmers and politicians spar over sharing the campaign-winning code with the public  —  The tech team behind the 2012 Obama campaign has probably received more attention than any political programmers in history.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
A close look at how Oracle installs deceptive software with Java updates  —  Summary: Oracle's Java plugin for browsers is a notoriously insecure product.  Over the past 18 months, the company has released 11 updates, six of them containing critical security fixes.
MEGA:
A word on cryptography  —  The cloud storage market is dominated by players that do not take advantage of cryptography beyond HTTPS and server-side encryption.  Since we set out to improve this rather dissatisfying situation three days ago, some news outlets have made attempts to dismantle our crypto architecture.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Etsy Acquires Mixel for Mobile Team  —  Craft marketplace Etsy has acquired mobile photo app maker Mixel as part of its efforts to beef up native mobile app development.  —  Mixel launched in November 2011 as a hyped collage creation app for the iPad, and later pivoted to be more of a simple photo manipulation tool for the iPhone.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Not-So-Ephemeral Messaging: New SnapChat “Hack” Lets Users Save Photos Forever  —  Even as SnapChat leaves tech reporters and people over 25 scratching their heads — is it the next Instagram, or a massive sexting conspiracy? — the app has succeeded in bringing ephemeral (or self-destructive …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Happiness Machine How Google became such a great place to work  —  A cube at Google's global headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.  —  Courtesy Google.  —  A few years ago, Google's human resources department noticed a problem: A lot of women were leaving the company.
CBC News:
Company offers scholarship to Dawson student who exposed security flaws  —  Dawson stands by its decision to expel student  —  The Dawson College computer science student who was expelled after discovering a security breach in a system used by students across Quebec has been offered a scholarship by the company behind the software.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Wordnik Looks Beyond Its Online Dictionary With The Launch Of New Company Reverb  —  Wordnik launched its first big non-dictionary product last month, a tool allowing online publishers to recommend related content to their readers.  Now it's signaling even broader ambitions by launching a new company, which it's calling Reverb.
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable!:
Verizon Activated 6.2 Million iPhones in Q4, Almost Half Were iPhone 5  —  We just got our first glimpse at iPhone 5 sales for the fourth quarter.  —  Verizon revealed during its earnings call Tuesday that it activated 6.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, almost half of which were LTE-enabled iPhone 5 devices.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The End of an Era: Intel's Desktop Motherboard Business to Ramp Down Over Next 3 Years  —  Today Intel made a sobering, but not entirely unexpected announcement: over the next 3 years Intel will be ramping down its own desktop motherboard business.  Intel will continue to supply desktop chipsets …

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