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February 1, 2013, 5:20 AM

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Bloomberg:
Apple TV Said to Start Carrying HBO App Later This Year  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is in negotiations to start carrying Time Warner Inc. (TWX)'s HBO Go application on Apple TV by mid-2013, according to two people familiar with the plans.  —  Cable and satellite subscribers who pay for HBO …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
HBO Go Is Coming to Apple TV.  Why Isn't Everything Coming to Apple TV?  —  As Bloomberg reports, sometime this year, Apple TV users will be able to watch HBO shows — if they're already subscribing to HBO via a pay-cable provider.  —  In other words, HBO will port its popular HBO Go app to Apple TV …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Chinese hackers infiltrate The New York Times, Wall Street Journal  —  In the months just before and since The New York Times published an investigation of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao's family, hackers have been “infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees,” the paper reports.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Pirates beware: Kim Dotcom's Mega isn't the safe haven he says it is  —  Abandon all hope, ye who enter here  —  Kim Dotcom — the infamous, indefatigable internet entrepreneur with an unidentifiable European cadence and the bravado of a Bond villain — is back in our lives.
More: The Next Web and Yahoo! NewsTweets: @kimdotcom
Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing the Facebook Card, a New Type of Gift Card  —  Beginning today, people can give their friends gifts to Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora, and Target all on one reusable gift card from Facebook.  —  Here's how it works:  —  First, select a gift for your friend from the Gift Cards & Digital category.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Congratulations Crunchies Winners!  GitHub Wins Best Overall Startup  —  And like that, The 6th Crunchies Annual Award Show is in the bag.  John Oliver provided a night of laughs while TechCrunch, GigaOm and Venture Beat jointly handed out 20 awards to the best and brightest startups, founders and venture capitalists.
More: VentureBeat and SlashGearTweets: @gaberivera and @chest
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Jon Leibowitz Resigns as F.T.C. Chairman  —  WASHINGTON — Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said on Thursday that he would resign effective mid-February.  His departure will end a four-year tenure in which he pushed for online privacy protections and sought …
Reuters:
Dell nears buyout, deal could come as soon as Monday:sources  —  (Reuters) - Dell Inc is nearing an agreement to sell itself to a buyout consortium led by its founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, possibly announcing a deal as soon as Monday …
More: TechEye and memeburn
Danny Sullivan / CNET:
How trapped are your digital movies and TV shows?  —  Buying films or TV episodes from a digital media outlet may be great if you watch though one particular device.  But what happens if you change from iOS to Android?  From a PC to a Mac?  From a Roku to Apple TV?  We chart it out.
Matthias Gelbmann / W3Techs:
The PNG image file format is now more popular than GIF … PNG is now used on 62.4% of all websites, just ahead of GIF with 62.3%.  GIF was leading by more than 15% one year ago.  —  PNG is now the most popular lossless image compression format on the web.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Just Under Deadline, Google Responds to European Antitrust Concerns  —  Google hit the European Commission's deadline of January 31 to provide a substantive response to antitrust concerns — but just barely.  —  The company submitted a proposal regarding what it is willing to settle earlier today …
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley is the nation's top dog for innovation: study  —  SAN JOSE — Silicon Valley remains the nation's innovation leader, as measured by the region's patent output — and it is stretching its lead over its closest rivals, a report released Friday shows.
More: NYT Bits and USA Today
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google Glass headset with bone-conduction speakers revealed in FCC filing  —  Google has been pretty up front about its plans for Google Glass — the company said the first “Explorer Edition” of its virtual reality headset would arrive early in 2013, and now the glasses themselves have shown up at the FCC.
Zak Islam / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Nokia Receives $1.35 Billion Grant to Develop the “Strongest Material Ever Tested”  —  Graphene is a class 2D structure measuring just one atom thick.  —  Nokia has received a $1.35 billion grant to develop the strongest material to ever.  —  Graphene is a class 2D structure measuring just one atom thick.
More: CNET and Yahoo! News
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Watch As China Has Grown To Become Apple's Second-Biggest Market  —  Apple has been sharing some details of its success in China for a while.  But last week, Apple formally created a Greater China segment in its quarterly earnings materials — it previously reported only a broader Asia Pacific segment …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to discontinue Mac Pro in Europe March 1st over new regulatory standards  —  Apple will stop selling its current Mac Pro professional desktop computer in Europe on March 1st, according to our sources.  —  While the Mac Pro has been seen as an Apple product nearing discontinuation …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
NPD: Apple's iTunes takes biggest piece of online video on demand pie  —  As sales of Blu-ray disc and DVDs continued to slip, Apple has taken the leading share of the emerging Internet video on demand market, according to a new report by The NPD Group.  —  NPD issued a report today …

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