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January 25, 2013, 1:45 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Done Giving Its Precious Social Graph To Competitors  —  Of all Facebook's data sets, it's the social graph that's truly unique.  It's spent nine years getting you to confirm who you know, and apparently it's sick of handing over your friend list to competitors.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Square COO Keith Rabois Departs Company  —  In a major exec departure, Square COO Keith Rabois will be leaving the company the San Francisco payments company.  —  Square gave no other information about the sudden management change, but sources said disagreements between Rabois and CEO …
Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Mayer Sees Future in Personalized, Mobile Web  —  Yahoo's Mayer: Personalization Is Future of Search  —  Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said the company is working on technology that will personalize content from the Web and feed it to people on their mobile devices.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Woz Says Kutcher's Steve Jobs Movie Scene Is “Totally Wrong”  —  The first scene from iJOBS—the biopic on Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher—may be pretty decent, but it never happened.  Not even close, according to Steve Wozniak, who says they “never had such interaction and roles.”
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Laser: a flagship Lumia Windows Phone for Verizon  —  Verizon is planning to stock a high-end Nokia Lumia phone this year.  Sources familiar with Verizon's plans have revealed to The Verge that the US carrier will offer a device that has similar specifications to Nokia's current Lumia 920.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Huawei Was Top Third Smartphone Vendor In Q4 After Samsung & Apple, Says IDC  —  IDC's Q4 report on the global mobile phone market reveals that Huawei sprang up into the top-three smartphone vendors in the world, a first for the company.  In Q4, Huawei held a 4.9 percent marketshare based on unit shipments.
Alexandra Hudson / Reuters:
German court rules internet “essential”  —  (Reuters) - A German court ruled on Thursday that people have the right to claim compensation from service providers if their Internet access is disrupted, because the Internet is an “essential” part of life.  —  The Federal Court of Justice …
Jennifer Martinez / Hillicon Valley:
Bipartisan group of senators to introduce high-skilled immigration bill  —  A bipartisan group of senators are poised to introduce a high-skilled immigration bill next week that would significantly increase the number of H-1B visas available to skilled foreign-born workers, such as engineers and computer programmers.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.  —  As noted by Tech News Daily, a new federal policy in the United States is set to go into effect this Saturday that will make it illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Backdoors Found in Barracuda Networks Gear  —  A variety of the latest firewall, spam filter and VPN appliances sold by Campbell, Calif. based Barracuda Networks Inc. contain undocumented backdoor accounts, the company disclosed today.  Worse still, while the backdoor accounts are apparently set …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
YouTube Capture now supports 1080p uploads, Google Currents goes 2.0 on iOS  —  Updates to both YouTube Capture and Google Currents on iOS have just hit Cupertino's App Store, bringing with them a handful of functionality and UI updates.  Mountain View bumped YouTube Capture to version 1.1 …

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