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February 1, 2013, 5:45 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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