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January 26, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Casey Newton / CNET:
Review: While “jOBS” fawns over subject, film falls flat  —  The eagerly awaited biopic of the Apple founder aims to capture a legend, but neglects the world he lived in.  —  PARK CITY, UTAH—The eagerly awaited biopic “jOBS” opens in 2001, when Apple's iconic co-founder arrives at Town Hall on Apple's Cupertino campus with good news.
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Keith Rabois / Untitled:
A note from Keith  —  Yesterday I resigned from Square, and I want to take the opportunity to explain to you why.  —  The past few days have been the toughest, saddest, most frightening, and emotionally draining of my life.  They have deeply affected me, both personally and professionally.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, the EFF weighs in  —  It was great while it lasted, but the days of users legally unlocking their own phones is over.  Back in October of last year, the Library of Congress added an exemption to the DMCA to allow folks to free their new phones for 90 days.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Group Commerce Has Laid Off 28% Of Its Staff  —  Group Commerce, an e-commerce platform for publishers that made its name in the daily-deal market, has fired 31 people.  —  The company confirmed the layoffs to Business Insider.  The cuts amount to 28% of its 109-person staff.
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Christina Warren / Mashable!:
MacBook Air Models $200 Off at Best Buy for 2 Days  —  Looking for a good deal on a MacBook Air?  Head to Best Buy over the next two days to save a whopping $200.  —  Best Buy is running a Winter Doorbuster Days sale Jan. 25 to 26 in stores and online.  While there are a lot of good deals …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Swartz didn't face prison until feds took over case, report says  —  The late Internet activist was facing a stern warning from local prosecutors.  But then the U.S. Attorney's office, run by Carmen Ortiz, chose to make an example of Aaron Swartz, a new report says.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Twitter suspends account of Somali Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda  —  Two days after a group of Somali islamist militants vowed to execute Kenyan hostages, and tweeted a video of a captive pleading for the Kenyan government to help free them, the Al-Shabaab Twitter account @HSMPress was suspended.

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