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January 26, 2013, 7:10 PM

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Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
Instagram Asking For Your Government Issued Photo IDs Now, Too  —  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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
“We Are Supposed To Be Truth Tellers”  —  A couple of weeks ago CNET was put into an absurd situation - they could not favorably cover a technology product because the company behind that product was in litigation with CNET's parent company, CBS.  —  I wasn't all that interested in the story at the time.
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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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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.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Next-Gen Video Format H.265 Is Approved, Paving The Way For High-Quality Video On Low-Bandwidth Networks  —  The ITU has approved a new video format that could bring 4k video to future broadband networks, while also making streaming HD video available even on bandwidth-constrained mobile networks.
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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