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January 22, 2013, 11:05 AM

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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.
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Firefox OS dev phones appear, with Telefonica as the driving force  —  Europe is not exactly packed with mobile phone manufacturers these days, with the big players in that space now residing in the U.S. and the Far East.  Nokia's still around to some extent and Jolla may or may not gain traction …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
AT&T acquires Alltel's US retail wireless business for $780m to boost its rural coverage  —  American telecommunications giant AT&T has signed an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network to acquire its retail wireless operations, which currently operate under the Alltel brand …
Wall Street Journal:
Inside H-P's Missed Chance To Avoid a Disastrous Deal  —  Days before Hewlett-Packard Co. dived into an $11 billion software deal it almost instantly regretted, it missed a chance to back away.  —  During a call with an H-P delegation, outside auditors for British software maker Autonomy Corp. mentioned …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Windows Phone makes gains in EU, passing BlackBerry in late 2012  —  Windows Phone hasn't quite been the success story that Microsoft may have hoped, as Android and iOS continue to dominate the smartphone scene.  Two recent news bits offer some positive news however.
Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Investors Struggle to Get Handle on Apple  —  Apple Inc. is expected to report record iPhone sales and revenue when it releases its earnings for the holiday period on Wednesday.  —  But it isn't current sales that Wall Street has focused on as Apple's stock has swooned recently.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon Q4 loss doubles thanks to Sandy, pension costs  —  The telecommunications provider saw revenue rise nearly 6 percent on strong customer growth in the wireless business.  —  Superstorm Sandy and mounting pension costs took its toll on Verizon.  —  The New York telecommunications provider posted …
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.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Portrait of Twitter As A Young Media Company  —  The post Portrait of Twitter As A Young Media Company appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.  —  Last year I predicted that Twitter would become a media company.  However, I focused mainly on the new “Discover” functionality, and I probably should have gone a lot further.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Are Search Engines Driving Libraries To Extinction?  Not Quite Yet  —  With today's instant anywhere-anytime access to Google, Bing and Wolfram Alpha, where searching for information takes scant heartbeats via an internet-connected device, some people regard physical libraries as a quaint relic of a forgotten age.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Uber finally drives into Asia as the private car service begins testing in Singapore  —  Uber, the private car hire service that has taken the US by storm, has ramped up its global expansion plans after stepping into Asia for the first time with a soft launch in Singapore.
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.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Former Microsoft executive says CEO Ballmer culls internal rivals to retain power  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is not the right leader for the world's largest software company but holds his grip on it by systematically forcing out any rising manager who challenges …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon developing ‘Zombieland’ series as part of push into original programming  —  Amazon may be lagging behind Netflix when it comes to delivering original programming to users, but the company just scooped up a fairly recognizable brand in Zombieland.  A TV series set in the same zombie-filled universe …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
AMD hires former Apple, Qualcomm senior engineers  —  Summary: With all the major PC players looking to diversify beyond desktops, notebooks, and servers, AMD has hired two engineers who both used to work at the company before moving on to Apple and Qualcomm.  —  Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

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