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February 12, 2013, 1:25 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple announces $8B paid out to developers, a jump of $1B in just one month  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced that Apple had paid out $8B to developers, a number that displays an increase of $1B since the last time numbers were announced on January 13th.  That displays a massive increase in acceleration for developer payouts.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Closing 20 Retail Stores In Order To Expand Them, Accomodate More Customers  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a keynote speech at the Goldman Sachs investor conference that Apple was going to close 20 of its retail stores, in order to move them and make them large enough to serve the ongoing influx of Apple customers.
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With Another $21 Million in the Bank, Social Site Nextdoor Launches Version 2.0  —  The biggest problem facing some of the more private social networks is growth.  Or a lack thereof, as it happens.  Insular by design, expansion of these networks takes time — a slow, persistent burn.
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Mobile “Nearby Recommendation” iPhone and Web App Alike  —  Today, mobile app company Alike has announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo and will be joining the Yahoo Mobile team.  —  Alike allows you to recommend nearby venues that are your “favorites.”
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Android 4.2.2 brings Bluetooth audio fixes to Nexus phones and tablets  —  Android 4.2.2 is beginning to roll out to some Nexus phones and tablets.  —  Reddit user WeeManFoo  —  If you're an Android user and you like minor, bug-fixing software updates, you don't have to be jealous …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Yes, Intel is Building a Web TV Service (A Box, Too)  —  The rumors were true.  Intel is indeed developing an Internet TV service and a set-top box to boot.  Speaking at D: Dive Into Media Tuesday, Erik Huggers, corporate vice president at Intel Media,confirmed rumors that have been circulating for months.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Broadcom's new chip could bring 150 Mbps mobile broadband to your phone or tablet  —  Just because phones and tablets are now taking advantage of fast LTE networks doesn't mean we can't get ready for the next big thing.  That's exactly what Broadcom is doing.
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
Big Investors Strengthen Opposition to Dell's Sale  —  Updated One of the country's biggest mutual fund managers signaled its opposition to Dell's proposed $24.4 billion sale on Tuesday, as another investor disclosed a major step in a campaign to fight the deal.

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