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January 23, 2013, 8:20 AM

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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.
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Google: Psy's ‘Gangnam Style’ has earned $8 million on YouTube alone  —  Gangnam Style, the most-watched YouTube video ever, with more than one billion views, by K-pop sensation Psy has generated $8 million revenue on YouTube alone, said Google chief business officer Nikesh Arora in a rare disclosure …
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Google spent a billion on infrastructure last quarter  —  Google's infrastructure spending continued its upward trend during the fourth quarter, hitting a two-year high of $1.02 billion.  Excluding the fourth quarter of 2010, though — in which Google plunked down $2 billion …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia EOS: the first real PureView Windows Phone is coming this year  —  Nokia is planning a true PureView Windows Phone, The Verge has learned.  Codenamed EOS, sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed that the device will include a similar sensor that's found on Nokia's 808 PureView handset.
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: AllThingsD and 9to5Mac
Microsoft:
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.
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
What's A Tweet Anymore?  —  Not 140 characters.  —  Twitter would like you to see Twitter in a very particular way, no matter where you see it: on your phone, on your tablet, on your desktop — even on someone else's website.  Which is why it lets you embed tweets anywhere …
More: PandoDailyTweets: @stevekovach and @ezraklein
Scott Guthrie / ScottGu's Blog:
Announcing Release of Windows Azure Media Services  —  I'm excited to announce the general availability (GA) release of Windows Azure Media Services.  This release is now live in production, supported by a new media services dev center, backed by an enterprise SLA, and is ready to be used for all media projects.
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
A New Group Aims to Make Programming Cool  —  The presence of technology in the lives of most teenagers hasn't done much to entice more of them to become programmers.  So Hadi Partovi has formed a nonprofit foundation aimed at making computer science as interesting to young people as smartphones, Instagram and iPads.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Memory to myth: tracing Aaron Swartz through the 21st century  —  To understand his contributions, we have to look beyond the headlines  —  I met Aaron Swartz in Cambridge shortly after he'd been indicted for downloading lots of JSTOR articles on MIT's network in 2011.
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Samsung's road to global domination  —  South Korea's Samsung is trampling rivals and gunning for Apple.  Can its hot streak last?  —  FORTUNE — To understand how Samsung — yes, Samsung — became America's No. 1 mobile phonemaker and thorn in Apple's side, it's helpful to rewind to last fall.
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Google adds ARM support to Chrome's Native Client  —  Google's Native Client endowed x86 machines with the ability to run apps compiled from C and C++ right inside Chrome in 2011, and now ARM devices are finally getting their time to shine.  Mountain View's latest Native Client SDK adds support …
Reid Hoffman:
If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO  —  20 years ago, the classic startup model was to have young founders start a breakthrough company, then bring in “grey hair” in the form of experienced executives once it was time to scale the business.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Swedish tablet and PC owners now subject to TV license fee as networks bring shows online  —  As Swedish television stations begin moving their programming online, a local law has come into effect that will require tablet and PC owners to pay the same $320 annual license fee as TV owners, The Local reports.
Casey Newton / CNET:
New film goes in search of Google's first privacy policy  —  ‘Terms And Conditions May Apply,’ which premieres at Sundance today, laments the decline of users' legal rights.  —  Anyone interested in how Google's privacy policies over the years can easily compare previous versions, thanks to an archive the company has set up online.

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Microsoft:
5 mind-bending facts about quantum computing  —  In GIF form, five of the most mind-bending things scientists have learned about life on an atomic and sub-atomic level.
Freshdesk:
How to not sound like a robot in your email notifications?  —  Your notifications don't have to be just notifications.  They can be another opportunity to charm your customers and to keep them hooked.  Learn how.
VMware:
The Best Thing for Your Data Center since vSphere  —  It's come to our attention that some folks are less than certain about the differences between vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management.  Let's clear things up:
Zoho:
The customer service lessons we must all learn from that Comcast call  —  By now, you've probably heard the call that hijacked the Internet last week.  If not, let me warn you.  It is painful - incredibly painful.
Pure Storage:
2014: Pure, EMC, HP, and Violin all Up Their Games  —  The past few months have seen bold announcements from EMC, HP, Violin, and of course Pure Storage, the net result of which is that the market has changed and moved forward appreciably.
 

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