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February 12, 2013, 9:45 AM

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Shira Ovide / Digits:
Twitter, Amex to Collaborate on E-Commerce Sales on Twitter  —  Twitter Inc. is experimenting with becoming a shopping mall.  —  Twitter and American Express Co. said Monday they struck a partnership to allow Twitter users to buy products for the first time directly on the short messaging service.
Kotaku:
The Next Xbox Has Mandatory Kinect, Game-Swapping and New Controllers, According To Leaked Info  —  The next-generation Xbox—the one that will follow the still-popular Xbox 360—will run multiple games at once, require game installations, and will only work when a much-improved version …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google Now widget revealed in official Nexus support pages  —  Google showed off Android's Google Now system in a commercial last night, and the company may have another related surprise in store: a Google Now widget.  As spotted by Android Central, several of Google's official support pages …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Bill Gates' biggest Microsoft product regret: WinFS  —  Summary: In his first AMA on Reddit, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates calls WinFS the Microsoft product he most wished had made it to market.  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is doing his first-ever Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit on February 11.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Mojang officially releases Minecraft for free on the Raspberry Pi  —  A new version of Minecraft, which is arguably the most successful video game ever created by an indie developer, has been released today for free on the Raspberry Pi.  —  Built by Aron and Daniel over at Mojang …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Apple CEO Tim Cook to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday's State of the Union address  —  Once again, Silicon Valley royalty will join First Lady Michelle Obama to watch her husband deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday.  —  Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will sit in the First Lady's box …
Taylor Schreiner / Twitter Advertising:
New Compete study: Primary mobile users on Twitter  —  We like to say that Twitter was born mobile.  After all, the 140 character limit of Tweets was based on text messaging or SMS constraints.  That means our platform was actually designed to allow anyone, anywhere to read, write and share Tweets.
Brian Heater / Engadget:
eMusic no longer requires subscription, opens the indie music floodgates  —  Some big news for lovers of indie music with commitment issues. eMusic's CEO Adam Klein announced this morning that his service will be dumping its subscription requirement, letting customers download music …
David Ramli / Financial Review:
Adobe cuts Australian prices after inquiry summons  —  US software giant Adobe has bowed to public pressure and slashed the price of some of its products for Australian customers a day after being ordered to front a parliamentary committee hearing in Canberra.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Brings Video To Android In A Private Beta  —  Snapchat has been on a roll lately, scooping up a $13.5 million funding round from Benchmark last week, toying around with monetization features, and becoming the world's favorite misunderstood mobile app.
More: SlashGear, The Next Web and The VergeTweets: @snapchat
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
FCC invests $10M in new network security but leaves backdoor unlocked  —  In August of 2011, while in the middle of upgrading its network security monitoring, the Federal Communications Commission discovered it had already been hacked.  Over the next month, the commission's IT staff …
Tim Hornyak / CNET:
PR2 maker Willow Garage turns to commercial robotics  —  Following a report that it will close, the popular startup says it will instead become a self-sustaining company.  —  Things are changing over at robotics startup Willow Garage, the open-source powerhouse known for its very adaptable domestic bot PR2.
Jessica E. Lessin / Digits:
Apple To Respond to Greenlight Suit by Wednesday  —  The walk-up to Apple's Feb. 27 shareholder meeting got more interesting last week when shareholder Greenlight Capital sued the company over its proxy as part of an effort to get Apple to return more cash to shareholders.
More: CNET, Reuters and TUAW
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
Nokia Protests Over Indian Tax Raid  —  STOCKHOLM—Nokia Corp. on Tuesday said it has sent letters of complaint to Indian tax authorities after officials in the South Asian nation last month raided its manufacturing facility in Chennai.  —  The Finnish mobile phone maker said that the Indian tax raid runs …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Truphone extends low-cost global calling network with Wi-Fi  —  Truphone on Monday announced plans to add a new network to its global GSM partnerships: it's Wi-Fi.  The new Truphone+ service , expected to debut at Mobile World Congress, will take advantage of wireless hotspots to broaden worldwide coverage and improve call quality.

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