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January 29, 2013, 12:40 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.
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Launches: $99.99 for a One-Year Subscription  —  After months of public testing, Microsoft is releasing the final version of Office 2013 today.  The new software package, dubbed Office 365, has a freshened look and feel, similar to that of Windows 8 …
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.
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.
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!’
More: Business InsiderTweets: @mattrosoff
9to5Mac:
Is this the back of Apple's redesigned fifth-generation iPad?  —  Over the past few months, multiple rumors have pointed to Apple's fifth-generation iPad being in development with a design akin to the recently launched iPad mini.  That design would likely feature the black & slate/white …
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.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC sends invitations to February 19th press conference, flagship M7 unveiling expected  —  Struggling smartphone vendor HTC (2498) will hold a press conference in New York City on February 19th to unveil its latest device.  Invitations to the event were sent to bloggers and reporters on Tuesday, but no details were provided.
Robert Van den Oever / The Source:
Philips Exits Consumer Electronics … Philips Electronics has drawn a line under its long history as a consumer-electronics company after failing to compete successfully with the likes of Apple Inc. Samsung Electronics Co. and Sony Corp. in the fast-moving industry.
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.
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.
More: Fortune and Owened
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.
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 …
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.
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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