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February 8, 2013, 9:45 AM

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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Cash Pile Sets Off a Battle  —  Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is facing a new reality: delivering steady results from one of the world's most valuable companies is no longer good enough.  —  For nearly 18 months, Mr. Cook has kept a stream of new products rolling …
Reuters:
How Einhorn turned from Apple advocate to agitator  —  (Reuters) - Hedge fund star manager David Einhorn was arguably Apple Inc's biggest cheerleader on Wall Street with a stake worth about $600 million and an oft-cited prediction that the company's market value would hit $1 trillion some day.
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
In One Fell Swoop, Facebook Glitch Deep-Sixes the Web  —  Now we may know how powerful Facebook really is.  —  On Thursday, many major websites were taken down by an error that stemmed from Facebook, as Internet mainstays like MSNBC.com, CNN, Yelp and New York Magazine all sent users to redirect pages almost immediately upon loading.
Paul Burstein / Twitter Blog:
Now showing: Older Tweets in search results  —  Yesterday, we updated our Android, iOS and mobile web apps to make it easier for you to find relevant content when you're on the go.  We also started to roll out an additional update on our mobile apps as well as on twitter.com: you'll now be able to find older Tweets using search.
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub  —  The company seems set on making business content, not social networking, the focus of the site.  —  LinkedIn spent much of 2012 transforming itself into a place where workers could stay and play awhile — a strategy that paid off handsomely.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Daniel P / PhoneArena:
5.5" LG Optimus G Pro picture and specs sheet are in: Full HD screen, 3140 mAh battery and microSD  —  While LG's current flagship, the Optimus G, has been selling in the US for a while, and hitting Europe and China, we've been hearing about an upcoming upgrade, the Optimus G Pro, for a while now …
Canalys Newsroom:
Android powered a third of all mobile phones shipped in Q4 2012  —  Shanghai, Palo Alto, Singapore and Reading - Thursday, 7 February 2013  —  Canalys has published its final mobile phone shipment estimates across the 50+ countries that it tracks.  The total mobile phone market …
Filipe Alves / Reuters:
Google must extend payments across Europe for use of content  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc must extend its offer made last week to pay French publishers for use of their content to all media companies across Europe, the head of the European Publishers Council said on Thursday.
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
A billion Office documents on SkyDrive, now with easier collaboration … For those of you who have tried the new Office, you'll know we made it easy to quickly save your documents to SkyDrive and get a link to share with others—earlier today we made it even easier for people to share …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Why did Dell force employees to sell shares?  —  Dell made employees dump shares during buyout discussions.  —  FORTUNE — Three months ago, Dell employees were forced to sell some of their company stock at just $9.55 per share.  Now the company is being sold to founder Michael Dell for $13.65 per share.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Adobe issues emergency Flash update for attacks on Windows, Mac users  —  Adobe Systems has released a patch for two Flash player vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited online to surreptitiously install malware, one in attacks that target users of Apple's Macintosh platform.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Reappearing on YouTube: Illegal Movie Uploads  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube has a familiar problem: Plenty of illegally uploaded movies are finding their way onto the website.  —  Hundreds of full-length feature films including blockbusters from Walt Disney Co. and Sony Corp.'s Columbia …

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