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February 1, 2013, 2:50 PM

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Strategy Analytics:
Apple Becomes Largest Mobile Phone Vendor in United States in Q4 2012  —  According to our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service, mobile phone shipments grew 4 percent annually to reach 52 million units in the United States during the fourth quarter of 2012.
Federal Trade Commission:
Path Social Networking App Settles FTC Charges it Deceived Consumers and Improperly Collected Personal Information from Users' Mobile Address Books  —  Company also Will Pay $800,000 for Allegedly Collecting Kids' Personal Information without their Parents' Consent
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Twitter nears $10 billion valuation  —  Twitter shares now selling for $9.9 billion.  —  FORTUNE — Twitter isn't done letting early employees sell shares, Fortune has learned.  But the stakes have been raised substantially.  —  Last Friday, the Financial Times reported that BlackRock …
More: CNET and Financial TimesThanks:@forrestkoba
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, SlashGear and VentureBeat
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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows 8 now up to 2.36% market share but Microsoft sees Windows 7 decline for the first time  —  We're entering a new year, and already Windows 7 has lost market share for the first time since its release.  Windows 8 meanwhile continues to push forward.  —  Two months ago …
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET:
Samsung, Rogen, Rudd brilliantly mock Super Bowl in Super Bowl ad  —  Having got after Apple and BlackBerry, Samsung now mocks the ridiculous trademark rules over Super Bowl advertising.  With the help of Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.  —  It's not that the NFL is run by draconian white men …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
FTC gives app developers new privacy guidelines, suggests ‘Do Not Track’ for mobile  —  In the wake of growing debates over mobile privacy, the US Federal Trade Commission has urged mobile platform and app developers to make users aware of what personal information is being collected and how it's being used.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon rolls out new prepaid wireless plans, but only for 3G smartphones  —  Verizon Wireless today announced a pair of prepaid smartphone plans for “budget-minded” consumers.  Both plans provide users with unlimited voice minutes and SMS messaging, but differ in terms of data caps.
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Want to build a better Twitter?  Here's a framework for you  —  It hasn't been a great day for Twitter, but life goes on and the company just put code for a JavaScript component framework up on Github for folks who want to use it in their own web applications, or heck, maybe even build their own Twitter …
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 …
Associated Press:
US weighs tougher action over China cyberattacks  —  By By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press - 2 hours ago  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — High-level talks with the Chinese government to address persistent cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies haven't worked …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mobile Banking And Payment Startup mFoundry Sold To FIS For $120M On $165M Valuation  —  Some consolidation in the world of mobile payments and mobile banking: mFoundry is getting acquired by FIS for $120 million.  FIS — a banking and payment provider that works with some 14,000 banks worldwide …
More: AllThingsD
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.

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Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
Zoho Survey: Segment Survey Responses with Multi Collectors  —  Do you distribute one survey to different groups of people only to find that filtering results and analyzing reports is taking up your time?
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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