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January 29, 2013, 11:25 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Y Combinator is hosting its first-ever hackathon — with a twist  —  Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's most well-known incubator, is finally getting onboard with the hackathon, an event trend so well-established it's almost passé.  But the YC twists keep the concept fresh and will definitely interest a bevy of developers.
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