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January 31, 2013, 4:55 AM

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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.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Facebook's $1.6 billion quarter in charts: how and where it makes money  —  Facebook made $64 million (corrected; an earlier version of this story cited the operating profit, $523 million) on $1.585 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2012, a result investors found somewhat disappointing.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
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.
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Z10 Camera: The Worst Low-Light Performance We've Seen in a Long Time  —  For the old BlackBerry, a handset's camera was an ancillary feature.  But the new hip BlackBerry is supposed to be tuned into how regular people—not just suits—use their phones.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
BlackBerry 10 against the competition: how the Z10 fares against iPhone, Samsung, and others  —  The BlackBerry Z10 isn't just “a new BlackBerry,” It's quite possibly the most important device the company has ever released, representing BlackBerry's comeback effort in a crowded smartphone market now dominated by Apple and Samsung.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
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 …
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry 10 Boasts Some Key Apps, but Many Big Names Missing  —  The big day for BlackBerry has finally arrived.  The world now knows what the company's newest entrant in the smartphone race looks like.  —  But what about apps?  —  For starters, a few key apps were already known, like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Google Fends Off BrightRoll in $7.6 Billion Video Market  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), the world's biggest seller of Web-search advertising, is getting one-upped in the surging $7.6 billion market for online-video ads from a six- year-old startup one-tenth its size.
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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Max Levchin talks about data, sensors and the plan for his new startup(s)  —  After selling his second company, Slide, to Google for hundreds of millions of dollars, Max Levchin slipped into a state of blissful anonymity, focusing his energies on his kids and cycling.
More: ROUGH TYPE
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.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
IBM gives small university a Watson all its own  —  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a private research university located in Troy, N.Y., now has a Watson system all its own thanks to a grant from IBM.  Watson, if you'll recall, is the system that defeated two Jeopardy! champions (and our own Stacey Higginbotham) in 2011.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tries Letting You Share Emoticons Of Exactly What You're Feeling, Reading Or Eating  —  Facebook is poised to get a lot more expressive.  Today it began tests of a new status composer that lets you say “what are you doing?” by selecting from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating.

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Microsoft:
For Bing's Kevin White, red wine and data science are the perfect pairing  —  On paper, red wine and data mining hardly seem an appropriate pair.  One goes with meats, the other with user experiences.
Intel:
Intel Unveils 8-Core Processor Gaming Monster at PAX  —  Intel just announced its first 8 core, 16 thread gaming monster — otherwise known as the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition desktop processor …
VMware:
Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery  —  Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster.  Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters …
Zoho:
Too many bugs to handle?  Link and fix them in Zoho BugTracker  —  In an effort to keep you calm during a bug swarm, we have released Link Bugs in Zoho BugTracker.  With Link Bugs, you can associate …
Syncano:
iOS Developers: How to Get Instant Notifications on your App  —  Within minutes, you can create dynamic iOS apps on Syncano that instantly reflect changes in data by “subscribing” to changes on Syncano's Sync Server.
 

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