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February 7, 2013, 4:50 PM

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Apple:
Statement by Apple  —  By early last year, Apple's cash balance had built to a point beyond what we needed to run our business and maintain flexibility to take advantage of strategic opportunities, so we announced a plan to return $45 billion to shareholders over three years.
Michael J. De La Merced / DealBook:
Einhorn to Sue Apple Over Plan to Discard Preferred Stock  —  David Einhorn has long been known as a fervent fan of Apple Inc. But the hedge fund magnate is making an unusually public stand to oppose a move by the maker of the iPad: a lawsuit.  —  His hedge fund, Greenlight Capital …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's new Xbox will include improved Siri-like speech recognition  —  Microsoft will greatly improve its speech recognition technology inside the next Xbox, The Verge has learned.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans have revealed that Durango, the codename for the next Xbox …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Inbox Unchained: Mailbox just fixed email on the iPhone  —  How a startup outdid both Apple and Google in one fell swoop  —  Gentry Underwood had a feeling that his startup might be making some users depressed.  Orchestra was Apple's Productivity App of the Year 2011, but users were leaving after a few months using the service.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Facebook Deal to Buy Microsoft's Atlas Coming As Early As Next Week  —  Social Network Is Building An Ad Stack to Rival Google  —  Microsoft's attempt to find a new home for its Atlas ad-serving business may finally be coming to an end.  The company is expected to announce a deal to sell …
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Loek Essers / CFOworld:
Facebook deleted all EU facial recognition data, regulators confirm  —  Both the Irish data protection commissioner and a German regulator confirmed Facebook deleted the data  —  Facebook has deleted all European facial recognition data, the Irish data protection commissioner …
George Avalos / Mercury News:
Silicon Valley job growth has reached dot-com boom levels, report says  —  Silicon Valley's job growth has returned to dot-com boom levels and San Francisco has emerged as a major new tech hub.  But good times have not returned for all area residents and ethnic groups.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Confirmed: BlackBerry to Stop Selling Smartphones in Japan  —  Looks like the global rollout of BlackBerry's new flagship smartphones will not extend to the entire globe.  Certainly it won't include Japan.  —  Confirming news first reported by the Nikkei, a BlackBerry spokeswoman told AllThingsD Thursday …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
NBC closes hyperlocal, data-driven publishing pioneer EveryBlock  —  NBC News has shut down EveryBlock, one of the early pioneers of data-driven hyperlocal community news and information.  —  The decision took effect today.  Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and chief digital officer of NBC News …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
CoTweet founders launch Seesaw for iPhone, an app that gets your friends' opinion when you need it  —  The last time Aaron Gotwalt, Jesse Engle, and Kyle Sollenberger worked together was when they founded the social media marketing platform CoTweet.  It eventually was acquired by email service provider Exact Target.
NPD Group:
37 Percent of PC Users Migrate Activities to Mobile Devices, According to The NPD Group  —  Content that was once primarily accessed by consumers on their PCs, is shifting to mobile devices.  According to the Connected Intelligence Application and Convergence Report from global information company …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Microsoft Attacks Gmail Over Privacy In Latest “Scroogled” Campaign  —  If at first you don't succeed, get negative once again, seems to be the game plan at Microsoft.  Having attacked Google Shopping with a “Scroogled” campaign last November, Microsoft is back again.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
The LinkedIn Rampage Will Be Tested Today  —  On the surface, today's LinkedIn earnings report is about revenue and profits, like any other quarterly filing.  At bottom, though, investors are looking for the answer to a question that gets well beyond accounting: Can the market support a second social network roughly as big as Facebook?
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Sprint Q4: Loss widens, 1 million subscribers jump ship  —  Summary: The cellular giant saw its quarterly loss widen as more than 1 million subscribers left the company, thanks to the Nextel side of the business.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Continuing its running streak of weak performance …

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