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January 27, 2013, 4:20 PM

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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 …
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.
The Verge:
Redesigning Google: how Larry Page engineered a beautiful revolution  —  The new Google way is weird, but it's working  —  Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.
More: 9to5GoogleTweets: @binarybitsThanks:@themadhacker
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Nokia announces Music+ premium subscription service for $3.99 per month  —  Nokia today announced Nokia Music+, a premium upgrade to its free Mix Radio service that's being offered for $3.99 monthly in the United States and €3.99 internationally.  Buying into Music+ gets customers benefits …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation  —  CHICAGO — The robot equipment industry has one word for the alarmist articles and television news programs that predict a robot is about to steal your job: Fiddlesticks!  —  Well, that wasn't actually the word used this week …
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Samsung plans to make Music Hub available for non-Samsung devices, pitting it against Google and Amazon  —  Samsung has big plans for its cloud-based Music Hub offering.  In addition to rolling it out across the company's own range of connected devices, the intention is to then expand …
More: Engadget and The VergeThanks:@martinsfp
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.
Matt Smith / Reuters:
Twitter launches advertising services in Middle East  —  Twitter Inc launched advertising services in the Middle East and North Africa on Sunday as the social media firm seeks to exploit a tripling of its regional subscriber base following its widespread use during the Arab Spring protests.
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 …
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
FBI is increasing pressure on suspects in Stuxnet inquiry  —  Federal investigators looking into disclosures of classified information about a cyberoperation that targeted Iran's nuclear program have increased pressure on current and former senior government officials suspected of involvement …
More: GuardianTweets: @mikko and @trevortimm
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.

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