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February 12, 2013, 7:50 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls Shareholder Lawsuit A “Silly Sideshow,” Says Company Won't Waste Time On It  —  Last week, Apple was hit with a lawsuit from Greenlight Capital, David Einhorn's hedge fund, in order to contest a proposition which would include a requirement in Apple's charter that any move …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HBO to Finally Let Subscribers Stream HBO Go to TV Over AirPlay  —  HBO said on Tuesday that, at long last, its subscribers will be able to stream programming from an iPhone or iPad onto their television via AirPlay.  —  Speaking at our D: Dive Into Media conference on Tuesday …
Comcast:
Comcast to Acquire General Electric's 49% Common Equity Ownership Interest of NBCUniversal  —  Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) announced today it will acquire GE's entire 49% common equity stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for approximately $16.7 billion.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Mayer Says Yahoo Needs To Slash Its Apps From 60 To 12  —  Chop chop!  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, just said that Yahoo needs to slash the number of mobile apps it currently has.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Yahoo CEO says Microsoft search deal underperforms  —  (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said the company's search partnership with Microsoft Corp was not delivering the market share gains or the revenue boost that it should.  —  “One of the points of the alliance …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Intel confirms its Internet TV launch this year, complete with set-top box and a camera  —  Erik Huggers, General Manager of Intel Media, has confirmed that the company is, in fact, working on providing television over the internet, and it plans to do so with new consumer hardware …
David Phillips / Examiner:
White House offers ‘online-only enhanced’ edition for SOTU speech  —  President Barack Obama will be delivering his State of the Union (SOTU) speech on Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. EST, to congress and the nation.  The speech will be carried by all the national broadcast stations.
More: ReadWrite and GeekWireTweets: @barackobama
Jeremy C. Owens / Mercury News:
Yahoo's latest mobile acquisition mirrors Mayer's final efforts at Google  —  SUNNYVALE — Yahoo (YHOO) picked up Tuesday where it left off in 2012, acquiring the team behind another mobile application, the third such move since Marissa Mayer arrived as CEO in July and one that mirrors Mayer's final Google (GOOG) effort.
Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
Dropbox makes a play for the enterprise with new IT controls  —  When IT directors worry about employees using unapproved services for work, Dropbox is often near the top of the list.  Today, the company took a few serious steps toward changing that.  —  Dropbox is the most popular online …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
OnRamp, A Free, Open Source Ad Server From OpenX, Gets Shut Down After Getting Besieged By Hackers  —  Another victory for hackers and a blow for the security of open source systems: OpenX, the online and mobile advertising company that announced a $22.5 million fund raising just last month …
More: AGBeat and AdExchanger
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Vertu makes post-Nokia comeback with $10K Android phone  —  Once upon a time Nokia had an England-based subsidiary called Vertu, which made absurdly expensive Symbian phones for people with more money than tech savvy.  But then Nokia fell on hard times, and last year it offloaded the brand …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Opera founder sells shares, potentially clearing way for acquisition  —  It's been almost nine months since rumors were flying around about a certain social network seeking to buy Opera, the Norwegian browser company.  We still don't know how much truth there was in that supposed scenario …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies  —  The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them.
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.

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