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January 23, 2013, 4:25 PM

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The story behind DIAL: How Netflix and YouTube want to take on AirPlay  —  Netflix and YouTube have teamed up to launch DIAL, a protocol that helps developers of second-screen apps to discover and launch applications on smart TVs and connected devices.  The effort is already getting support …
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Steve Jobs threatened patent suit to enforce no-hire policy: filing  —  (Reuters) - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs threatened to file a patent lawsuit against Palm if that company's chief executive didn't agree to refrain from poaching Apple employees, according to a court filing made public on Tuesday.
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.
Richard Salgado / The Official Google Blog:
Transparency Report: What it takes for governments to access personal information  —  Today we're releasing new data for the Transparency Report, showing that the steady increase in government requests for our users' data continued in the second half of 2012, as usage of our services continued to grow.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Inside Netflix's Project Griffin: The Forgotten History Of Roku Under Reed Hastings  —  They codenamed the top-secret project “Griffin,” after Tim Robbins' character from the film “The Player.”  After all, that's what the team was building: The Netflix Player, a black and boxy device …
Google Drive Blog:
Create, edit and present with Google Slides offline  —  Good news, Slides lovers.  You can now create, edit, comment and (perhaps most importantly) present without an internet connection—just like you can with Docs.  Any new presentations or changes you make will be automatically updated when you get back online.
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X-Surface: Don't believe everything you read.  —  I am a gamer.  I don't work for Microsoft.  —  I, like most other gamers, am sick of seeing endless rumours and speculation citing “anonymous sources” or “insiders” with no evidence, no proof, no guarantee that they've been fact-checked or can be relied on.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Blog “Actual Facebook Graph Searches” Goes Viral  —  Well, that didn't take long.  Facebook Graph Search is now its own Tumblr meme: “Actual Facebook Graph Searches.”  The site dials up the social media rubbernecking-slash-privacy outrage to a whole new level: user submissions.
Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
Yahoo, Dell Swell Netherlands' $13 Trillion Tax Haven  —  Inside Reindert Dooves's home, a 17th- century, three-story converted warehouse along the Zaan canal in suburban Amsterdam, a 21st-century Internet giant is avoiding taxes.  —  The bookkeeper's home office doubles as the headquarters for a Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) offshore unit.
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin-based casino rakes in more than $500,000 profit in six months  —  Sadly, you can't spend actual bitcoins like these (non-digital ones) at a digital casino.  —  CASASCIUS  —  As various tech companies report their fourth-quarter 2012 earnings numbers this week, so are two gray-market …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter's upcoming Vine-powered video functionality teased by CEO  —  Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo and Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann have posted a video clip in a tweet using Vine, the video service Twitter acquired in late 2012.  The short video — a few seconds long and complete with audio …
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Google points to future devices for still-unprofitable Motorola  —  Larry Page and CFO Patrick Pichette would like to redirect your attention from today's losses to the product pipeline 12-18 months out  —  Motorola has been both a promise and a problem for Google since $12 billion acquisition in May 2012.
Charles Wilson / Associated Press:
Court: Sex offender Facebook ban unconstitutional  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Cisco To Buy Israeli Mobile Startup Intucell For $475 Million Cash, And Bessemer Will Get Nearly Half  —  Bessemer Venture Partners racked up a huge win today.  Two years ago it invested $6 million in exchange for nearly half the equity of Israeli startup Intucell, whose networking tech lets carriers handle more mobile traffic.
Michael Kan / ITworld.com:
GitHub unblocked in China after former Google head slams its censorship  —  GitHub had been fully blocked in China starting on Monday  —  Access to software collaboration site GitHub appeared to be restored in China on Wednesday, just as former Google executive Kai-Fu lee criticized …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Nintendo teases Miiverse app for smartphones, European release of TVii and new Wii U games  —  The quaint social network built by Nintendo specifically for the Wii U, called Miiverse, is getting an overhaul sometime in 2013 to include user-created communities and an app built for smartphones.
Helene Stapinski / New York Times:
Restaurants Turn Camera Shy  —  When it comes to people taking photographs of their meals, the chef David Bouley has seen it all.  There are the foreign tourists who, despite their big cameras, tend to be very discreet.  There are those who use a flash and annoy everyone around them.
Reuters:
Dish to close 300 Blockbuster stores, 3,000 jobs may be lost  —  (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp plans to close 300 Blockbuster stores in the United States in the coming weeks and could lay off as many as 3,000 employees, a move that comes days after the DVD rental firm's UK unit went into administration.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Judge Approves $844M Financing For Kodak To Exit Bankruptcy  —  Kodak has had a rough go of it lately, filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy almost a year ago and selling off its portfolio of more than 1000 digital imaging patents just last month.  —  But today the centenarian company …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lobbying Spend Up 196%, Google Up 70% In 2012 To Try To Sway Privacy, Anti-Trust Legislation  —  When you're crushing your competitors, it's the government that can be your biggest threat.  That's why Google grew its lobbying spend 70% to $16.48 million in 2012 and Facebook's fees soared 196% …
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
State of the Internet: The broadband future is faster, but still unevenly distributed  —  We may not be a gigabit nation yet when it comes to broadband, but the latest data from Akamai shows that the the number of broadband connections over 10 Mbps — what Akamai dubs “high broadband” …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Following debut of the Kindle Store, Amazon launches Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite devices in Canada  —  Amazon on Wednesday announced the Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite have arrived in Canada.  The two family of devices support multiple languages, including English and French, the two official ones in the country.
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
SIRI RISING: The Inside Story Of Siri's Origins — And Why She Could Overshadow The iPhone  —  The world got its first inkling of the quick wit that would make Apple's Siri an icon during a packed press conference held before an auditorium of tech elite.  “Who are you?” an Apple executive asked the assistant.

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