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January 28, 2013, 1:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple ready to release additional iPad model; likely 128GB version (Updated: Pricing)  —  We've gotten word from sources that Apple is preparing to release (in some fashion) a single, additional iPad model.  This would be a new SKU for the current fourth-generation iPad with Retina display line.
David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
Google's approach to government requests for user data  —  Today, January 28, is Data Privacy Day, when the world recognizes the importance of preserving your online privacy and security.  —  If it's like most other days, Google—like many companies that provide online services to users …
Eric Engleman / Bloomberg:
Google Leads Fight to Limit Government Access to E-Mail on Cloud  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), which says it gets about 1,400 requests a month from U.S. authorities for users' e- mails and documents, is organizing an effort to press for limits on government access to digital communications.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iOS 6.1 with more LTE carrier support, Fandango movie ticket purchasing via Siri, iTunes Match individual song downloading  —  Apple has released iOS 6.1 to iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV users.  This public release follows five beta seeds to developers.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV updated with Bluetooth keyboard support, Up Next, enhanced iTunes in the Cloud  —  After releasing iOS 6.1 with support for more LTE carriers, Siri movie ticket purchasing, and more, Apple has also released an update to Apple TV bringing Bluetooth keyboard support (as previously discovered) …
More: Engadget and The Verge
Bloomberg:
Acer Sees Success in Chrome; Windows Fails to Drive Sales  —  Acer Inc. (2353), the Taiwanese computer maker that's suffered two consecutive annual losses, posted strong sales of notebooks using Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Chrome platform after the release of Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows 8 failed to ignite the market.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Hardcore porn briefly climbs to the top of Vine's 'Editor's Picks,' Twitter blames it on ‘human error’  —  The launch of Twitter's video-sharing service Vine has brought with it another look at pornography on Apple's tightly-controlled iOS platform, and that scrutiny may be about to increase …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
Shen Jingting / China Daily:
Ban on games consoles may be lifted, suggests Culture Ministry source  —  Chinese authorities are reviewing a decade-long ban on game consoles and considering the possibility of opening up the country's video game hardware market, a government source told China Daily.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
HP's first Chromebook revealed in leaked spec sheet  —  HP is preparing to launch its first entry into the Chromebook marketplace, if a PDF found on its site can be believed.  According to this listing, HP's currently-unannounced Pavilion Chromebook will feature a 1.1GHz Celeron processor …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Marc Andreessen On The Future Of Enterprise  —  In doing research for a post on “The Enterprise Cool Kids” at the tail end of last year, I interviewed Silicon Valley veteran Marc Andreessen about where he thought the enterprise was headed.  —  While excerpts of that interview made it into the post …
More: ZDNetTweets: @johnnie
Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Yahoo earnings: Mayer still has much to prove  —  Former Googler Marissa Mayer shocked the world last summer by taking the CEO spot at Yahoo, a brand marred by tumultuous CEO tenures and waning relevance.  —  Since then, Yahoo's stock has been on a tear and analysts are pinning their hopes …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
ChaCha, Still Grinding Away at This Online Q&A Thing, Raises Another $14M  —  Giving people answers instead of links is the new hotness in search.  To its credit, Q&A site ChaCha has been trying to do just that for six years now, and it's getting one last push of venture capital.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to launch the new Office commercially on January 29  —  Summary: Finally, an official confirmation.  Microsoft is launching the new Office, a k a Office 2013, on January 29.  —  It's finally official.  Microsoft is launching the new Office, a k a Office 2013, on January 29.
More: Inquirer and WinBetaTweets: @office
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Lenovo responds to RIM acquisition reports, claims comments were taken out of context  —  After a Bloomberg report quoted Lenovo's CFO Wong Waiming as saying that it was interested in acquiring Research In Motion, the Chinese PC maker has issued a statement downplaying the significance of the quote.

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