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January 25, 2013, 9:30 AM

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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:
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Mega Launch Video Removed From YouTube By Music Rights Outfit  —  Despite his site Megaupload sitting on the hit-list of the United States government, in 2011 Kim Dotcom managed to release a promotional video featuring some of the biggest names in pop music.
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Busts Supplier For Underage Labor In Latest Responsibility Report  —  Apple issued its latest Supplier Responsibility Report Thursday evening, offering an update on worker protections and factory conditions at its manufacturing partners.  This year's report, Apple's seventh …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …

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