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February 12, 2013, 6:05 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
Comcast to Acquire General Electric's 49% Common Equity Ownership Interest in NBCUniversal  —  Comcast Corporation CMCSA +0.85% CMCSK +0.89% announced today it will acquire GE's entire 49% common equity stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for approximately $16.7 billion.
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
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.
More: CNET and SlashGear
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Beats Out Apple For The Best Reputation Among U.S. Consumers, Says Harris; Google Comes Fourth  —  A little victory both for Amazon and the world of virtual commerce, today: the online retailer has topped the ranking for best reputation in a poll of 14,000 U.S. consumers, according to Harris Interactive.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Exec Launches A Cleaning-Only App, Expands to Seattle As Housework Makes Up 50% Of Sales  —  Exec — the Y Combinator-backed app that does your errands on-demand — just launched a cleaning-only app.  It's a decision that makes sense as housework has ended up being about 50 percent of the startup's overall gross sales.
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 …
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 …

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