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February 1, 2013, 7:25 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
Bob Lord / Twitter Blog:
Keeping our users secure  —  As you may have read, there's been a recent uptick in large-scale security attacks aimed at U.S. technology and media companies.  Within the last two weeks, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have chronicled breaches of their systems …
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Hacked, 250,000 User Accounts Potentially Compromised  —  Twitter disclosed on Friday evening that its systems had been attacked in the past week by an unidentified group of hackers.  As a result of the the attack, the hackers may have had access to the usernames …
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 …
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book … Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth.  —  Corporate Intelligence reviewed preliminary galleys of Schmidt's new book, “The New Digital Age,” (Random House) which debuts in April.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google sidesteps France link-tax, reaching a €60m deal to help publishers move to the digital age instead  —  After years of disputes around the digitization of out-of-print works with French book publishers and authors, Google recently announced that its legal battles in France were finally over.
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.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
HP closes German site, lays off 850 employees  —  Summary: The world's number one PC maker by shipments is to close a site in Germany, laying off more than 8 percent of the country's workforce.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Computer manufacturing giant HP will close a site in Germany …
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 …
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 …
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.
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