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January 26, 2013, 11:30 AM

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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.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Square Executive Resigns Amid Sexual-Harassment Claims  —  Square Inc. said its chief operating officer Keith Rabois resigned from the mobile payments company on Thursday, amid accusations from a Square employee of sexual harassment.  —  A New York attorney, Steven Berger …
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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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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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.

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