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January 29, 2013, 9:40 AM

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Apple:
Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB  —  Offers Twice the Storage Capacity to Create & Enjoy Even More Incredible Content  —  CUPERTINO, CaliforniaJanuary 29, 2013Apple® today announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display.
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
OpenTable Devours FoodSpotting for $10 Million in Cash  —  OpenTable has acquired Foodspotting, the popular photo-sharing application for restaurants.  —  The online reservations company said it paid about $10 million in cash for the company, making it a pretty good deal for the startup …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft Office 2013, Office 365 Home Premium available now; 365 for business coming later  —  Until now, we've known almost all there is to know about Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365: we got hands-on with the new features last summer, and the company has even confirmed pricing.
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.
Thomson Reuters / The Knowledge Effect:
New Windows fails to boost Microsoft stock - graphic of the day  —  Back in the 1990s, Microsoft was the unchallenged king of computing and the release of a new Windows operating system would supercharge sales, generate excitement and generally boost its stock.  Not anymore.
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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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Marissa Mayer's 3 Goals for Yahoo: A Better UI, Bigger International Reach And Broader Demographics  —  Considering the long-standing struggles of Yahoo as a business, its board of directors battles, and Scott Thompson's “ResumeGate”, Yahoo (and its investors) have been in sore need of some good news.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's iOS 6.1 Maps Search API is its official alternative to Google Places for local results  —  With the release of iOS 6.1, Apple has also announced a new Search API that will allow developers to query its Maps servers to get back point-of-interest and location data.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Suicidal Sensors: Darpa Wants Next-Gen Spy Hardware to Literally Dissolve  —  Forget about a kill switch.  Planned obsolescence?  Already obsolete.  The Pentagon's blue-sky researchers want tomorrow's military hardware to literally cease to exist at a predetermined point.  Welcome to the age of suicidal sensors.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
HuffPo's new ‘Conversations’ will improve comments — and make money for AOL  —  I'm not a regular reader of the Huffington Post but when I go there, I'm astounded how many people leave comments on a given story.  Last week, for instance, more than 20,000 readers offered their two cents …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Vine begins censoring searches, weeds out #porn and more  —  In the latest development in today's pornography on Vine saga, Twitter's video-sharing app now blocks many searches for pornographic terms.  Trying to search for the #porn hashtag and other similar terms brings up no results at this time.
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.

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Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
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Meet Zoho Subscriptions: One stop shop to run your subscriptions business.  —  Since the early part of the decade, we have witnessed a drastic shift in the way businesses function.
 

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