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February 1, 2013, 1:05 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 …
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.
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, VentureBeat and SlashGear
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Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
A crazier prediction: iPhone Plus is real, and huge  —  So far, I'm betting on an A5X-powered Retina iPad Mini by this fall.  While I'm making semi-crazy predictions about future iOS products so I can look back on this in a year and probably feel like an idiot for being so wrong, here's one more.
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.
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley is the nation's top dog for innovation: study  —  SAN JOSE — Silicon Valley remains the nation's innovation leader, as measured by the region's patent output — and it is stretching its lead over its closest rivals, a report released Friday shows.
More: USA Today and NYT Bits
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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