February 2, 2013, 12:35 AM

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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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft raises the Windows 8 Pro upgrade price to $200, but ignores loophole that lets you buy it for $15  —  Exactly two weeks ago, Microsoft announced that it would be increasing the price of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade to $200, a 400 percent price hike from the previous $40, as of February 1.
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Jon Buys / OStatic blogs:
WikiMedia Foundation Releases GeoData For Geotagging Wikipedia  —  The WikiMedia Foundation has added a new extension to MediaWiki, the foundation for Wikipedia, that adds geographic data for individual wiki articles.  Aimed primarily at mobile users, GeoData will make finding information about your present location easy and fun.

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