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January 23, 2013, 1:50 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 and DealBook
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.
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 …
More: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Forbes:
Samsung Moves Past Apple To Be World's No. 1 Chip Customer  —  Samsung in 2012 surpassed Apple to become the world's leading buyer of semiconductor products, according to new data from Gartner.  —  The two companies combined consumed $45.3 billion of semiconductors in 2012, Gartner says …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Virtualization Giant VMware Partners With And Puts $30M Into Data Center Automation Company Puppet Labs  —  Puppet Labs, a data center automation company, is announcing today that virtualization giant (and previous investor) VMware has invested $30 million in the company.
More: PandoDaily, GigaOM and Wired
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.
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.
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