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January 30, 2013, 4:40 AM

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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:
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.
Microsoft:
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 …
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: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
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 …
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.
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 …
Tom Smith / GlobalWebIndex:
Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In The World  —  tom  —  Contrary to popular perception, Twitter has always been more of a niche social network in most countries around the world.  In our first wave of research in July 2009, we estimated that Twitter had just 35.47 million …
Tweets: @dannysullivan
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.
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:
More: CNN, The Verge and Digits
Tweets: @megangarber and @jwherrman
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'; …
More: TechEye

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