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February 1, 2013, 12:15 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.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Path reaches settlement with FTC, agrees to pay $800,000 fine for COPPA violations.  —  Path, which got into privacy related hot water in early 2012 found about 3000 minors (below 13) on its network, purged them and now has reached a settlement with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to become COPPA compliant.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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