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February 1, 2013, 7:05 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 …
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: A VC, VentureBeat and SlashGear
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Stilgherrian / ZDNet:
Apps?  No root?  Your device serves others: Berners-Lee  —  Summary: Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that if you don't have administrator access on your device and it's full of proprietary apps, it really serves masters other than you.  —  “The right to have root on your machine,” that is …
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.
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: USA Today and NYT Bits
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 …
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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