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January 31, 2013, 7:45 PM

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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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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 …
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 …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Wait for it... select files from Mega now indexed on third-party site  —  Looking to share some files with the general public?  Whether those files are of the legal or illegal kind, a website has cropped up to index files on Kim Dotcom's brand new cloud-storage site.  Mega.co.nz, meet Mega-search.me.
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.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google to add a new Notification Center to Chrome, paving the way for Google Now integration  —  Chromium, the open source web browser project that shares much of the same code and features as Google Chrome, has been updated for Windows to include a new notification center.
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
Sony Is Teasing a PlayStation-Related Event for February  —  Sony is holding a mystery event in February, teasing fans with a Playstation-related video posted on its blog.  —  The tagline is “see the future.”  Naturally there are no additional details, but we do know that Sony is reportedly working …
More: CNET, Gizmodo and AllThingsD
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
More: ZDNet
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 …
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 …

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