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January 30, 2013, 7:20 AM

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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.
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Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 22% to $21.27 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.  Operating cash flow increased 7% to $4.18 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $3.90 billion …
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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 …
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.
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.
More: CNET, Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Brian Klug / AnandTech:
Slightly Smaller Apple TV 3,2 (A1469) Contains A5X SoC, BCM4334 Combo  —  Yesterday along with iOS 6.1 being pushed to iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches, Apple released an update to the Apple TV 2,1 and 3,1, and curiously enough released another image for an unannounced Apple TV 3,2 product with model A1469.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
CrackBerry.com:
Music, Movies and TV Shows go live on the BlackBerry World web storefront  —  With BlackBerry 10, it's been known for a while now that BlackBerry World will offer up an integrated solution for music, movies and TV shows.  In preparation for the release, RIM has now updated the BlackBerry World web storefront as well.
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.

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