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January 31, 2013, 7:40 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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Symantec Gets A Black Eye In Chinese Hack Of The New York Times  —  Having your email hacked and malicious software spread on your servers for months may be embarrassing.  But being outed as the antivirus vendor that failed to catch the vast majority of that malware is likely more humiliating still.
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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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Z10 Camera: The Worst Low-Light Performance We've Seen in a Long Time  —  For the old BlackBerry, a handset's camera was an ancillary feature.  But the new hip BlackBerry is supposed to be tuned into how regular people—not just suits—use their phones.
Brian Lam / The Wirecutter:
New Blackberry?  New Blackberry  —  Let me be honest, I really don't care about the new Blackberry phones.  I specifically started this site so I could pass on writing stuff I knew was not really worth considering, like this.  —  But I am writing about it anyhow because I am really turned off …
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
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.
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 …
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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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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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.
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
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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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.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Garage: Exploring and creating cross-platform consumer apps  —  Take a look at what's happening now in The Garage, Microsoft's haven for über geeks who are constantly thinking and tinkering.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Meet Zoho Subscriptions: One stop shop to run your subscriptions business.  —  Since the early part of the decade, we have witnessed a drastic shift in the way businesses function.
 

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