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January 28, 2013, 7:15 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) …
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.
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 …
Vy Phan / Oh, How Pinteresting!:
We're Testing Out A New Look!  —  We're excited to announce that we'll be testing an update to Pinterest.com with a small group of people soon.  With this update, we've tried to take your feedback into account.  We're eager to learn even more from some of you during this test.
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 …
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 …
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.
More: USA Today, CNN, Reviews and BBC
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: Betabeat, CNET and ValueWalk
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Nick Denton Is Resurrecting Valleywag  —  Valleywag, a Silicon Valley gossip blog Gawker killed off in 2009, is making a comeback.  —  Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, says he'll be bringing the site back to life, and he's currently hunting for an editor or two to run it.
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.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Seagate invests $40 million in Virident, forges flash pact  —  Summary: Seagate gets a board seat and Virident grabs access to the storage giant's channel.  Seagate will offer Virident's flash-PCIe storage products.  —  Seagate Technology said Monday that it will invest $40 million in Virident …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
eBay loses head of local Jack Abraham  —  A key departure for the surging e-commerce company.  —  FORTUNE — This afternoon, eBay announced that its head of local, Jack Abraham, is leaving the company.  According to the company, he will retain an advisory role on areas like shopping innovation.
Tweets: @jackabrahamThanks:@jpmanga
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: GizmodoTweets: @mattbuchanan
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Gets More Transparent With A New, Dedicated Site Reporting 6,646 Copyright Complaints And 1,858 Gov't Info Requests  —  Twitter, now at 200 million monthly active users, is ramping up to be a big player in content delivery with embedded video services from Vine the latest move in that direction.

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