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January 29, 2013, 4:25 PM

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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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Office 365 Home Premium  —  New consumer cloud service works across devices to help busy people simplify their lives and get more done.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company's flagship Office product line for consumers.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Office 365 Home Premium: What happens when subscriptions expire?  —  Summary: Microsoft is encouraging users to subscribe to its new Office, rather than buy it outright.  But what happens once users' subscriptions expire?  —  Ever since Microsoft first outlined its plans …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
YouTube Set to Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring  —  A New Revenue Model For TV Networks and Video Producers  —  A new chapter in online video is about to begin.  YouTube is prepping to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in its latest attempt …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 22% to $21.27 Billion  —  Operating income up 56% year-over-year - above high end of guidance  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.  —  Operating cash flow increased 7% …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Misses: Q4 Sales Up 22 Percent To $21.3B, Net Income Down 45 Percent To $97M  —  Amazon just reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings today.  Net income decreased 45% to $97 million in the fourth quarter, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared with $177 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in fourth quarter 2011.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's 64GB Surface Pro will only have 23GB usable storage  —  Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet, due on February 9th, will have a smaller amount of storage space than expected.  A company spokesperson has confirmed to The Verge that the 64GB edition of Surface Pro will have 23GB of free storage out of the box.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
500px photography app returns to App Store with 17+ rating after ‘pornography’ removal  —  One week after it was unceremoniously booted from Apple's iOS App Store, 500px has returned.  The app is once again available for both iPhone and iPad after it was pulled down last Monday.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google once again selling the Nexus 4 in the US, Germany, more locations to come soon (update)  —  Though the Nexus 4 has been missing from the Google Play Store for weeks now, Google has confirmed to us today that it is now offering it for sale in Germany, with plans to sell it in other countries in the near future.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow to a Trickle  —  Like plenty of music fans, Sam Broe jumped at the chance to join Spotify two summers ago, and he hasn't looked back.  —  Spotify, which began streaming music in Sweden in 2008, lets users choose from millions of songs over the Internet free …
Reuters:
Insight: Apple's grip on carriers, suppliers loosens  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc's shareholders have been hit by one of the bloodiest weeks in the history of the stock, but wider fallout from such weakness might more important to the long-term value of their investments.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google Giving Grant Worth $1M To Fund Free Raspberry Pi For 15,000 U.K. Schoolkids (Updated)  —  Google's philanthropic arm, Google Giving, has awarded a grant to the U.K.'s Raspberry Pi Foundation to fund 15,000 U.K. schoolchildren to get their very own Raspberry Pi micro computer to learn to code.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Role a Sticking Point in Dell Buyout Talks  —  The role Microsoft Corp. would play in a privately-owned Dell Inc. is one of several issues being hashed out ahead of a final buyout agreement for the computer maker, people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.

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