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January 25, 2013, 4:50 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Blocks Yandex's New Social Search App From Accessing Its Data Just Three Hours After Launch  —  Yandex begged Facebook not to shut down its social search app Wonder that launched this morning.  But the explanation Yandex's lawyers sent us for why it's compliant with Facebook's policies …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Cuts Off Friend-Finding Access to Vine, Twitter's New Video App  —  That was fast!  —  Within hours of Twitter launching its Vine video-sharing application on Thursday, Facebook has cut off access to Vine's “find people” feature, which used to let Vine users find their Facebook friends using the Vine application.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Q2: Enterprise shines, Surface details scant  —  Summary: The software giant's enterprise products—System Center, SQL Server and Lync do well.  Details about Surface's reception are few and far between.  —  Microsoft's second quarter results were a mixed bag relative to estimates …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
First Video Clip of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs  —  Following yesterday's news that the independent film JOBS starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs will open in theaters on April 19, ETonline.com has released the first video clip from the film.  The brief clip shows Kutcher as Jobs speaking with Josh Gad in the role of Steve Wozniak.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Lenovo Mulls RIM Deal as a Way to Boost Mobile Business  —  Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) is assessing potential acquisition targets and strategic alliances, including a deal with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), as the second-largest producer of personal computers tries to bolster its mobile-device business.
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 …
More: EngadgetTweets: @risksrewards
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Vine hands-on: Twitter's game-changing take on social video  —  It's fast, it's noisy, and it's going to be everywhere  —  This morning, we finally got our hands on Vine, Twitter's video-sharing app.  It's a lot of fun to play with, and helps users avoid many of the pitfalls of shooting amateur video.
More: CNET and IntoMobileTweets: @fromedome
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Belkin helps Cisco exit consumer space by acquiring its Home Networking division, including Linksys  —  Belkin on Thursday announced plans to acquire Cisco's Home Networking Business Unit, including its products, technology, employees, and even the well-known Linksys brand.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Antigua Government Set to Launch “Pirate” Website To Punish United States  —  Antigua and Barbuda is a small country in the Caribbean that for years had a flourishing gambling industry.  —  A few years ago 5% of all Antiguans worked at gambling related companies.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
AT&T's Q4 2012 Beats Street With $32.6B In Revenue, Misses With EPS Of $0.44, Smartphone Subscriber Base Jumps To 47.1M  —  AT&T shared its Q4 2012 earnings results today, reporting overall quarterly revenues of $32.6 billion (an increase of 0.2% year over year), and earnings per share of $0.44 …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold Fundraiser For Chris Christie  —  The tech mogul and his wife “admire [Christie's] leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's schoolchildren,” a spokesperson tells BuzzFeed.
Carter Dougherty / Bloomberg:
Facebook Friends Fronting Debt Collectors Draw U.S. Regulation  —  Kathryn Haralson had already fielded calls from debt collectors at her home and work.  They even phoned her daughter at college.  —  So when Haralson, 47, logged into her Facebook account one day, she was surprised …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Samsung reports Q4 2012 financials: $8.27 billion in operating profit on $52.45 billion in revenue  —  Samsung set lofty expectations when it announced its earnings estimates earlier this month, and today the company delivered.  It announced consolidated operating profit of 8.84 trillion won …
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
A Free Database of the Entire Web May Spawn the Next Google  —  Common Crawl supplies a database of over five billion Web pages in the hope that it will inspire new research or online services.  —  Why It Matters  —  A freely available copy of billions of Web pages could create competition for established giants such as Google.
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