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January 29, 2013, 8:45 PM

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Amazon.com:
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 …
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
More: GigaOM
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 …
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.
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 …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
How Google Is Putting Mass Torture On The Map  —  A Google Maps search for “concentration camps in North Korea” will now find you actual, working prison camps.  A new form of activism?  —  How do you label a notorious international human rights violation on a map?  Here's how Google did it:
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
FCC filing reveals Apple TV model A1469 with slightly smaller dimensions  —  We don't generally find surprises from Apple in the daily stream of FCC documents and test reports, but a new filing published today seems to suggest that a new Apple TV model of some sort could be on the way.
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
Apple trademarks design of its retail stores  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc, known for aggressively protecting its iPads and iPhones from copycats, is doing the same for the interior design of its stores.  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's request last week for trademarks …
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.

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