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January 23, 2013, 3:10 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 …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
The no-hire paper trail Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt didn't want you to see  —  Steve Jobs threatened patent litigation if Palm wouldn't agree to stop hiring Apple employees, says former Palm CEO Edward Colligan in a statement dated August 7th, 2012.  Apple, Google, Intel …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
More: Gizmodo
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 …
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% …
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.
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” …
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.
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
RIM Ready With Software For Managing Both New BlackBerrys and Rival Devices  —  RIM on Wednesday announced availability of the first version of its server software capable of managing its forthcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphones as well as mobile devices made by rivals.
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.
Sakthi Prasad / Reuters:
CBS says Dish concealed ad-skipping feature during contract talks  —  (Reuters) - CBS Corp has filed an amended lawsuit against Dish Network Corp accusing the No. 2 U.S. satellite TV company of concealing material facts about its ad-skipping technology during contract negotiations in 2011.
Untitled:
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.
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.
More: Digits
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.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Three Men Charged in Connection with ‘Gozi’ Trojan  —  Federal prosecutors today announced criminal charges against three men alleged to be responsible for creating and distributing the Gozi Trojan, an extremely sophisticated strain of malicious software that was sold to cyber crooks …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Pebble smartwatches begin shipping to backers this afternoon, iOS app still pending  —  Pebble has just informed backers that the very first orders will begin shipping today, though the iOS app is still pending approval from Apple.  In the meantime, Android users will have access to a compatible app …

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Microsoft:
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Atlassian:
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Zoho Blogs:
Intuit lobbies against small businesses  —  With tax day behind us, small businesses across the country can finally move on to enjoying the warmth of spring.  Unfortunately, the tax system has grown increasingly complex and burdensome for small businesses.
Silicon Valley Bank:
Strengthening the U.S. Innovation Economy by Ending Abusive Patent Litigation  —  In Silicon Valley Bank's Innovation Economy Outlook 2014 survey, we asked executives what they see in today's patent system …
 

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