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January 31, 2013, 11:25 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Currently Experiencing Widespread, Rolling Service Outage  —  Twitter is currently experiencing a widespread service outage that appears to be intermittent, according to our checks with the web client, third-party apps and website service status checking tools.
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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Samantha Shankman / Skift:
Google Flight Search update lets you search for regions, not just airports  —  Google updated Flight Search today to allow travelers to search flights by region, rather than just airport.  Searches can be for regions as small as a state or as large as South America with capital cities appearing …
Evgeny Morozov / Slate:
Your Social Networking Credit Score  —  “Big data” can help determine who really deserves a loan.  But there are dangers.  —  The buzzword tsunami that is “big data”—a handy way of describing our vastly improved ability to collect and analyze humongous data sets—has dwarfed “frictionless sharing” and “cloud computing” combined.
More: TechPresidentTweets: @futuretensenow
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: CNET, The Verge and ZDNet
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 …

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