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January 27, 2013, 8:45 PM

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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 …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Apple has a porn problem, and it's about to get worse  —  Adult content in Vine and Twitter apps raise questions only Cupertino can answer  —  On Sunday, a number of news outlets ran stories covering the rise of easily-accessible pornography on the new video sharing app Vine, causing a firestorm of debate online.
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.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail  —  Anyone who visited Soverain Software's website could be forgiven for believing it's a real company.  There are separate pages for “products,” “services,” and “solutions.”  There's the “About Us” page.
More: LAW.comTweets: @glennf and @hmason
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.
Tweets: @digitslam
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Dell Buyout: Microsoft's Generosity  —  To perform painful surgery on its business model, Dell needs to take the company private.  Seeing challenges in raising the needed $22B, Microsoft “generously” proposes to contribute a few billions.  Is this helping or killing the deal?
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 …
More: TechCrunch
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Finally Preparing To Release Its Advertising API In Q1, Say Sources  —  People have speculated that 2013 will be the year that Twitter will reach $1 billion in advertising revenues.  That strategy could get a boost very soon with the entry of mass-market advertising …
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
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.

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Microsoft:
Students are invited to the Break into Code! challenge  —  Young students can become technology creators in this first of a new series of contests from Microsoft Imagine.  Students can learn to code their first game in about an hour.
Avangate:
Top 10 Myths of Conversion Optimization [Avangate MythBusters]  —  Conversion rate optimization can be a humbling experience.  You start with a hypothesis (your opinion on how to improve your website) and then run a test to see if you were right or wrong.
Asana:
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Zoho:
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HP:
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