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January 29, 2013, 6:35 AM

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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.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Twitter Is Buying A Startup, Crashlytics, And Not Killing It Off For A Change  —  Twitter, the global network for short bursts of information, is buying a startup, Crashlytics, that tracks when bad code causes apps to fail abruptly.  —  Notably, it appears to be leaving Crashlytics alone.
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.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
BlackBerry Z10 available on January 30th in the UK?  —  RIM let us know months ago that BlackBerry 10's coming out party would be this Wednesday in New York City, but we haven't known when the heavily-leaked BlackBerry Z10, the first device to run the company's new operating system, would be going on sale.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AJ Kohn / Blind Five Year Old:
Google's evil plan is simple and not so evil.  —  Don't Be Evil  —  Any successful company is going to draw criticism.  Google probably gets more of it than others because of their 'Don't Be Evil' motto.  Algorithm changes shuffle branded sites higher and people shout ‘evil!’
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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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Pebble smartwatch review  —  Can Pebble make the first smartwatch for regular people?  —  The Pebble smartwatch is a lot more than just a watch — it's the latest attempt to turn your wrist into the launchpad for a wearable computing revolution.  It's also the preeminent symbol of the Kickstarter hardware revolution.
Mitch Stoltz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Is It Illegal To Unlock a Phone?  The Situation is Better - and Worse - Than You Think  —  Legal protection for people who unlock their mobile phones to use them on other networks expired last weekend.  According to the claims of major U.S. wireless carriers, unlocking a phone bought …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Antigua's Legal “Pirate Site” Authorized by the World Trade Organization  —  Last week we broke the news that the island nation Antigua and Barbuda wants to start a Government run “pirate” site.  —  Today, this plan came a step closer to reality when the Caribbean country received authorization …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Ubuntu phones to come with a terminal—prepare your command line skills  —  The Ubuntu phone operating system will come with a terminal application.  That's right: experienced users will have access to the full power of the Linux system running underneath the phone's shiny graphical user interface.
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Growth Partners Launches Third Fund Backed By $250M From Nokia, Expands In China  —  Nokia's venture capital arm Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), which was founded back in 2005 and invests in mobile-related ventures in the U.S., Europe and Asia, has launched its third fund …
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 …
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.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
The EU-funded plan to stick a “flag this as terrorism” button in your browser  —  Under CleanIT's rules, the Irish ultra-nationalist “32 County Sovereignty Movement” site (an alias of the terrorist group the “Real IRA") couldn't be touched, as it's hosted in the US.  —  32 County Sovereignty Movement
More: The Verge
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
With The Help Of Citizen Cartographers, Google Launches More Detailed Map Of North Korea  —  Google Maps is not only a strong product, it's a strong platform.  With its Map Maker tool, people from around the world can participate in making Google's maps more detailed, accurate and up-to-date.

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