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January 28, 2013, 11:30 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:
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.
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 …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Facebook is suffering an extended outage affecting many users in the US  —  Facebook is suffering from an extended outage that is causing downtime for users based in North America.  The site has been offline for many in the US this evening — including Texas, New York and others …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
TechCrunch:
Intuit Acquires Facebook Ecommerce Platform Payvment's Team, Tech, And Patents While Ecwid Takes Its 200K Merchants  —  Earlier today Facebook ecommerce platform Payvment announced it was shutting down and transitioning its 200,000 merchants to competitor Ecwid, but we've just discovered that's …
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble to Whittle Stores for Years  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the bookseller's top store executive said, offering the most detailed picture yet of the company's plans for the outlets.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Meet the man who would make BlackBerry apps cool  —  Alec Saunders has accomplished the seemingly impossible and gotten developers interested in RIM's new mobile operating system, which is set to be unveiled this week.  —  LAS VEGAS—Alec Saunders needed a little bait.
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.
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.
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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