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January 28, 2013, 5:50 PM

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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 also released an update to Apple TV that brings Bluetooth keyboard support (as previously discovered) …
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 …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Ends 2012 With A Solid Q4: $1.22 Billion Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS 32 Cents  —  Yahoo today released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, marking the end of a key year for the long-running web portal.  Q4 2012 was Yahoo's second full quarter with Marissa Mayer at the helm as CEO …
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.
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 …
Wayne Chang / Crashlytics Blog:
Crashlytics is joining forces with Twitter  —  What an incredible journey this past year has been — today, we're excited to announce: we're merging with Twitter to take our platform to an entirely new level!  —  Our Product  —  We started Crashlytics a little over a year ago to address a huge hole in mobile app development.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
New Details On Apple's Budget iPhone 5  —  Backstage Categories:  —  Rumors of a budget “ready for China” iPhone have been circulating for some time, but apart from a possible price point ("low") and assumptions about its components ("plastic," “low-end"), no concrete details as to its look or feel have leaked out.
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 …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Facebook app for iOS gets voice and video recording, voice message support and improved Nearby tab  —  The Facebook app for iOS has gotten the ability to record voice and video right in the app, as well as Messenger's voice messaging support and an improved Nearby tab.
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
In Asia's trend-setting cities, iPhone fatigue sets in  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iconic iPhone is losing some of its luster among Asia's well-heeled consumers in Singapore and Hong Kong, a victim of changing mobile habits and its own runaway success.  —  Driven by a combination of iPhone fatigue …
More: CNET, Betabeat and ValueWalk
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Sales Talks Fell Through, So Ad Exchange AdBrite Shuts Down  —  Advertising exchange AdBrite is shutting down, after an attempt to find a buyer for the company failed.  —  CEO Hardeep Bindra is telling partners that the company, which has 26 employees, will close by the end of the month, and is selling off its assets.
Ben Child / Guardian:
Ashton Kutcher landed in hospital after following Steve Jobs's fruitarian diet  —  Actor speaks of ‘terrifying’ health ordeal at the Sundance premiere of the Apple founder's biopic  —  Christian Bale is rumoured to have lived on coffee and one apple a day to achieve his emaciated physique in The Machinist.
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
Instagram Isn't An Indie Anymore  —  What it means that it's now a Facebook subsidiary.  —  The question, inevitably, whenever someone sells out is how money and fame and fortune is going to change them, whether it's a band or an artist or a social network.
More: Gizmodo and 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.

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