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February 12, 2013, 12:55 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.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
American Express lets cardholders use hashtags to buy things on Twitter  —  Today American Express announced that it would sync with Twitter in a deal that would utilize the purchasing power of hashtags.  For those AmEx cardmembers that sync up their eligible cards and use special hashtags …
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 …
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Setting Up Shop in the Valley and NYC, Samsung Aims to Boost Its Software Side  —  Over the past year, Samsung's quiet Silicon Valley presence has grown from a whisper to a shout, as the consumer electronics behemoth turns the home turf of rivals like Apple and Google into a beachhead for its U.S. operations.
More: Engadget
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.
IEEE Spectrum:
Willow Garage to Shut Down  —  IEEE Spectrum has learned that Willow Garage, the Silicon Valley robotics powerhouse that brought the world the PR2, ROS, TurtleBot, and several robotics spinoffs, will likely be dissolving within the next few months.  —  While we have no official confirmation …
More: CNET, TechCrunch and Willow Garage BlogTweets: @bryce
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Surface: Wifi updates, pen improvements, more cover colors in pipeline  —  Summary: More Microsoft Surface RT and Surface Pro questions and a few more answers from sites and spokespeople around the Web.  —  New tidbits about what's coming for Microsoft Surface RT and Pro devices are continuing to trickle out.
Justin Lafferty / AllFacebook:
Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Among Biggest American Philanthropists In 2012  —  We all know that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the richest people in America, but he's also one of the most generous.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy announced Monday that Zuckerberg …
Ben Martin / Telegraph:
Mike Lynch raises $1bn for technology investment  —  Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has raised $1bn through his Invoke Capital fund to invest in fledgling British technology companies.  —  Mike Lynch founded Autonomy and sold it to Hewlett Packard for $10bn in 2011.
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.
Tweets: @snapchat
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: Reuters and TUAW
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 4S which fixes issues that ‘could impact cellular performance’  —  Apple has released an iOS 6.1.1 update for the iPhone 4S, likely in response to issues that some users were reporting with 3G coverage on some European carriers.

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