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January 31, 2013, 10:20 AM

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Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees.
Facebook:
Facebook Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results  —  Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.  —  “In 2012, we connected over a billion people and became a mobile company,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Facebook's $1.6 billion quarter in charts: how and where it makes money  —  Facebook made $64 million (corrected; an earlier version of this story cited the operating profit, $523 million) on $1.585 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012, a result investors found somewhat disappointing.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
IDC: Apple's iPad dropped to 43.6% tablet share in Q4, Samsung took second with 15.1%, Amazon third with 11.5%  —  The latest tablet market share estimates are out, and the last quarter of 2012 was unsurprisingly another record one, with a total of 52.5 million units shipped worldwide.
Griffin McElroy / Polygon:
Gabe Newell: Steam Box's biggest threat isn't consoles, it's Apple  —  The biggest danger facing the success of Steam Box or any other PC ecosystem hoping to find space in the living room is Apple, according to a lecture given by Valve co-founder Gabe Newell to a class at the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Microsoft Surface sales well below shipments, says iSuppli  —  Microsoft's Surface RT sales weren't big, at least not initially, according to the market research firm.  —  Sales of Microsoft's first Surface tablet fell well short of the 1 million mark, while return rates were high, IHS iSuppli told CNET.
Brian Caulfield / NVIDIA:
How Project SHIELD Got Built  —  It's 9 o'clock at night.  Aaron Gilroy has been working 14-hour days nonstop for months.  The tireless program manager's latest task: hauling a dozen greasy bags of Kentucky Fried Chicken to a building in a scruffy light-industrial neighborhood in Silicon Valley.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google's No. 1 Asset Is Its Ability To Empathize With Its Users Through Design And Product Development  —  As your Internet use has evolved, Google has evolved with you.  And for you.  Its ability to make the right decisions about what to work on and at what time is a testament to the leadership at the company.
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David Chen / Twitter Blog:
Updates for viewing photos and videos  —  Today, we're rolling out several enhancements that make it easier to view photos and videos on Twitter — in particular, on profiles and in search results.  — Large photos, right on the page.  Click a photo from a profile page or in search results …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tries Letting You Share Emoticons Of Exactly What You're Feeling, Reading Or Eating  —  Facebook is poised to get a lot more expressive.  Today it began tests of a new status composer that lets you say “what are you doing?” by selecting from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to launch Surface Pro at Best Buy New York on February 8  —  Summary: Microsoft is planning another midnight launch for the latest member of its Surface family, just ahead of its February 9 commercial availability date.  —  Following the pattern it set with its Surface RT launch in October 2012 …
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Huawei CFO linked to firm that offered HP gear to Iran  —  (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran's largest mobile-phone operator has much closer ties to China's Huawei Technologies than was previously known, corporate records show.
More: ZDNet and The Verge
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Google Fends Off BrightRoll in $7.6 Billion Video Market  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the world's biggest seller of Web-search advertising, is getting one-upped in the surging $7.6 billion market for online-video ads from a six- year-old startup one-tenth its size.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Max Levchin talks about data, sensors and the plan for his new startup(s)  —  After selling his second company, Slide, to Google for hundreds of millions of dollars, Max Levchin slipped into a state of blissful anonymity, focusing his energies on his kids and cycling.
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Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry 10 Boasts Some Key Apps, but Many Big Names Missing  —  The big day for BlackBerry has finally arrived.  The world now knows what the company's newest entrant in the smartphone race looks like.  —  But what about apps?  —  For starters, a few key apps were already known, like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
What's Next for Dropbox This Year: Content Instead of Files  —  Dropbox today previewed a set of features to help its users share and view their content, at a press event at its snazzy San Francisco headquarters.  —  The new features include photo albums, quick previews for PDFs and other documents …
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