February 2, 2013, 9:30 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 …
Path and the FTC  —  Today the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it reached a settlement pending court approval with Path regarding alleged violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA).  The gist of the FTC's complaint is this: early in Path's history …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Best Parenting App Is Against The Law  —  Outdated rules and overzealous regulators mean kids can't use Path.  Stop COPPA!  —  Via:  —  The Federal Trade Commission levied a $800,000 fine on the social networking service Path Friday morning for having, among other things …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FTC Still Seems More Interested In Making Headlines Than Really Protecting Privacy  —  So, the FTC got some press today for announcing a high profile “settlement” with social networking startup Path.  You might think that this is entirely about the news that came out a year ago …
Casey Newton / CNET:
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Washington Post Joins List of News Media Hacked by the Chinese  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The question is no longer who has been hacked.  It's who hasn't?  —  The Washington Post can be added to the growing list of American news organizations whose computers have been penetrated by Chinese hackers.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Google shares hit all-time high  —  The company's stock, which rose to $775.32 today, contrasts with the stock performance of rival Apple.  —  It's not a bad day to be Google.  —  The search giant's shares soared to an all-time high today amid hopes it will soon resolve its European antitrust issues.
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
Secondary Market Stupidity  —  I have heard of short term memory, but this boarders on amnesia.  Were the buyers in this latest secondary transaction (Twitter at $10B) asleep during the Facebook IPO?  Did they miss the part where lots of well intentioned “investors” bought Facebook shares at $80B …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Chrome, IE, Silk pry open mobile-browsing market  —  Newer arrivals on smartphones and tablets have only a small part of the market, but that could be a foot in the door.  —  New mobile browsers including Google's Chrome, Microsoft's IE, and Amazon's Silk are gaining a foothold …
Sources: Ziff Davis is close to buying IGN  —  It's no secret that News Corp. has been trying to sell gaming portal IGN for some time.  It even floated an aspirational price to the Wall Street Journal: $100 million.  —  We've heard all sorts of rumors about who the buyer could be since that article …
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