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January 27, 2013, 11:35 AM

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Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
Facebook and Instagram Users Being Asked To Upload IDs To Regain Access  —  Over the past week, a number of users of the popular photo sharing app Instagram and parent company Facebook have been locked out of their accounts and prompted by both services to upload images of their government issued photo IDs …
Jared Newman / PC World:
Internet Explorer ad tugs at heartstrings of Gen-Y users  —  Whether you love or hate Internet Explorer, you've got to admit that some of its ads are pretty good.  —  Microsoft's latest IE ad, dubbed “Child of the 90s,” tries to appeal to people who remember the web browser at its worst.
Richard Ingham / Agence France-Presse:
British scientists use man-made DNA speck to store 739kB of digital data  —  Scientists in Britain have announced a breakthrough in the quest to turn DNA into a revolutionary form of data storage that could fit the world's entire three billion terabytes of stored data into the palm of your hand.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Might Owe You $10  —  A class action suit about Facebook's Sponsored Stories feature resulted in a $20 million settlement.  Up to $10 of that money might be coming to you.  —  Image by Robert Galbraith / Reuters  —  Last month, Facebook offered to settle a class action lawsuit …
Edward Moyer / CNET:
In Swartz protest, Anon hacks U.S. site, threatens leaks  —  Saying “a line was crossed” with the treatment of tech activist Aaron Swartz, the group hacks a government site related to the justice system and distributes encrypted files it says it will decrypt unless demands are met.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Review: jOBS is an entertaining, if impressionistic, portrait of Steve Jobs as a young man  —  jOBS opens with the introduction of the iPod on October 23, 2001 at an Apple Town Hall meeting.  In the audience are a somewhat slimmer Jony Ive and other Apple employees.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
RIM cuts minimum app price ahead of BlackBerry 10 launch; now £0.75/€0.89, others TBC  —  Fresh from adding video and music to its BlackBerry World app store last week, RIM has announced new pricing for its content.  In a move to be more competitive in the run …
Louis Goddard / The Verge:
Watch Vine videos sprout in real time with Vinepeek  —  Following in the footsteps of Instagram aggregators such as This Is Now, Vinepeek is a simple, one-page site showing newly-posted vines in real time.  It's a basic concept, but the restrictions of Twitter's new video system …
David Kravets / Wired:
Yahoo, Like Google, Demands Warrants for User E-Mail  —  Yahoo demands probable-cause, court-issued warrants to divulge the content of messages inside its popular consumer e-mail brands — Yahoo and Ymail, the Web giant said Friday.  —  The Sunnyvale, California-based internet concern's …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Time Spent In Retailers' Mobile Apps Grows More Than Five-Fold In A Year, Flurry Finds  —  Consumers spent six times as much time in retailer apps in December compared to a year earlier, showing that shopping and commerce is finally beginning to take off on mobile platforms.

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