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January 29, 2013, 11:05 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.
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.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Review: Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Edition hopes to be at your service  —  New suite arrives today; will users forego permanent license for “Office” lifestyle?  —  Today, Microsoft releases Office 2013—the first full release of Microsoft's latest generation productivity suite for consumers.
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 …
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.
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
In the platform wars, open is ultimately more valuable than closed, says Betaworks  —  When it comes to the future of the web, there are a few incubator-style seed investors that are worth paying attention to, and New York-based Betaworks is likely at or near the top of that list …
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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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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 …
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.
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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 …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
As world of gadgets grows, online industry tunes in to video ads  —  (Reuters) - Internet video ads, long a sideshow in the online advertising market, are gaining in importance to marketers and Web publishers as they look to capitalize on consumers' changing viewing habits and tap a $70 billion (44.5 billion pounds) television market.
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.
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Qihoo Double Blow as iOS Apps Banned by Apple, China Warns of Anti-Competitive Practices  —  One of China's top web companies, Qihoo (NYSE:QIHU), has been hit with a significant double blow.  First, it was given an official warning about unfair competition with its desktop products; then …
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.
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.
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.
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
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The First Brands Doing Cool Things with Beacons  —  The technology for beacons has been lingering out there since the launch of iOS 7, but it's only now that people are starting to notice.
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GRP 2.0: How To Defibrillate An Old Metric With Fresh Data  —  The gross rating point (GRP) has time - and money, in the form of TV budgets - on its side, but a slew of new entrants in TV-to-digital measurement could disrupt what was once a Nielsen-run show.
 

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