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January 31, 2013, 6:15 PM

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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.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
China calls NYT hack accusation ‘groundless’ as Symantec deflects blame for intrusion  —  China is staunchly denying a report from The New York Times that suggests its military colluded with hackers to launch a four-month cyber attack against the US newspaper.
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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 …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
‘The Facebook Card’ takes the social network's Gifts initiative offline  —  Hot on the heels of its fourth quarter earnings report yesterday afternoon, Facebook has announced The Facebook Card, a new part of its online Gifts platform intended to be yet another revenue stream for the social network.
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Tim Carmody / The Verge:
CNET loses CES awards following Dish Hopper controversy; DVR named ‘Best In Show’  —  The Hopper with Sling will be named co-winner of ‘Best In Show’ alongside official CNET choice the Razer Edge  —  The Consumer Electronics Association has issued a press release awarding the Dish Hopper …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Small Firms Say LinkedIn Works, Twitter Doesn't  —  Six out of 10 small-business owners say they believe social-media tools are valuable to their company's growth—but most aren't impressed by Twitter Inc.  —  Just 3% of 835 business owners surveyed earlier this month by The Wall Street Journal …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Modern.IE To Help Developers Test Their Web Apps For Legacy And Modern Versions Of IE  —  Even though Microsoft itself would prefer to change this, many users still rely on older versions of Internet Explorer.  For developers, this means spending hours on testing their web apps …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Temple Run 2 becomes fastest growing mobile game with 50M downloads in under 2 weeks  —  After previously announcing 20 million downloads in just four days for its new Temple Run 2 title, developer Imangi Studios announced today that the game has now become the fastest growing mobile game ever …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Evernote takes Penultimate free, integrates it with its core service, but gives users an opt-out  —  Online note-taking service Evernote has given Penultimate, the hugely-popular handwriting app for the iPad that it acquired last year, a significant overhaul after making it free to download …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A crazier prediction: iPhone Plus is real, and huge  —  So far, I'm betting on an A5X-powered Retina iPad Mini by this fall.  While I'm making semi-crazy predictions about future iOS products so I can look back on this in a year and probably feel like an idiot for being so wrong, here's one more.
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.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
U.S. court denies Apple request to reconsider Samsung Galaxy Nexus ban — Reuters  —  Reuters is reporting a U.S. appeals court won't reconsider an earlier ruling refusing to impose a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone.  —  Score one win for Samsung.
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.

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