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January 30, 2013, 10:25 AM

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The Verge:
Live from RIM's BlackBerry 10 event  —  RIM announces its new BlackBerry 10 platform and devices Event Updates 9:33:16 AM EST Lots of press made it out for this event.  Needless to say, if you work for a publication with “berry” in its name, you are probably here.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Exclusive: Nest has raised another $80M, now shipping 40K+ thermostats a month  —  Learning thermostat maker Nest has closed on $80 million to keep growing, and we've heard it's shipping 50,000 thermostats per month.  The round was raised at an $800 million valuation and the company could reach …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Samsung did not willfully infringe on Apple's patents, U.S. judge says  —  Apple v. Samsung Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday handed down some of the first rulings in the case's post-trial proceedings, granting an Apple motion to invalidate certain claims of a Samsung patent and denying five others, including a request for a new trial.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple's $1 Billion Verdict Against Samsung Left Intact  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s $1.05 billion damages award against Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) from its patent- infringement trial in San Jose, California, was left intact after a judge denied Apple's bid to increase the award.
Bloomberg:
Dell Founder Said to Seek Majority Control Using Personal Funds  —  Michael Dell is seeking majority control of Dell Inc. (DELL) under the buyout that would combine his 15.7 percent stake in the company with as much as $1 billion of his personal funds, said people familiar with the matter.
Ashlee Vance / Business Week:
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Does Not Fear Dropbox or an Office-less IPad  —  When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer does his bounding these days, it's often in front of an 82-inch interactive display mounted to the wall of his office.  Ballmer gets to poke at the screen—a Perceptive Pixel LCD—like a more-energetic version of Wolf Blitzer.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Seen Reporting Faster Sales Growth on Mobile-Ad Demand  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is reaping benefits of a deeper push into mobile advertising at the social network he founded almost a decade ago.  —  Results due after the close of trading today …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga's chief game designer, Brian Reynolds, resigns  —  Brian Reynolds has a booming laugh, but it won't be heard in the halls of Zynga anymore.  The company's chief game designer has resigned, according to games news site Polygon.  —  Zynga has confirmed the departure …
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
China's Ministry of Culture: We're NOT Considering Lifting the Game Console Ban  —  As we wrote earlier this week, an anonymous source in China Daily supposedly inside the Ministry of Culture claimed that the Ministry was considering dropping China's decade-long ban on the sale of game consoles.
Nancy Hass / GQ:
Reed Hastings on Arrested Development, House of Cards, and the Future of Netflix  —  The quirky little start-up that once printed money by mailing you DVDs is hell-bent on morphing into the HBO—and the network, and the any-show, any-time streaming service—of tomorrow.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Wonder No More.  Yandex Pulls Social Discovery App After Facebook Closes Door On Graph API Use + Says It's A Competing Search Engine  —  Some closure on the story of how Yandex — the Russian search giant — built a social discovery app that relied on Facebook interconnection to gather data …
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.
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 …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Peak Mac?  —  Was 2012 a one-off year of treading water for Apple's Mac business?  Or has the Mac peaked for good?  —  After years of impressive growth, Mac shipments declined in 2012.  During the December quarter, Mac shipments dropped a conspicuous 22% from the year before, their biggest decline in at least 10 years.
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
5 years after major DNS flaw is discovered, few US companies have deployed long-term fix  —  DNSSEC adoption stalls outside of federal government  —  h(f)){c=a.createElement('script'); c.type='text/javascript';c.src='http:// ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/'+ g+'/jquery.min.js'; …
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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 the fourth quarter 2011.

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