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February 12, 2013, 9:10 PM

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Kevin Bostic / AppleInsider:
Apple buying small companies every other month but constantly evaluating larger acquisitions  —  Speaking at Goldman Sachs' Technology and Internet Conference on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to the company's “deliberate, thoughtful” mantra as a reason it doesn't typically acquire large companies …
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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 …
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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.
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast Buying Out GE's NBCUniversal Stake for $16.7B  —  “The management team at GE has been a wonderful partner during the past two years,” Comcast's Brian Roberts says in a statement announcing it will acquire the remaining 49 percent it doesn't own  —  Comcast will acquire the 49 percent stake …
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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 …
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.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
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 …
Philip Dorling / The Age:
Assange to run for Victorian Senate seat  —  WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will run for the Senate in Victoria at the September 14 federal election as the lead candidate of a newly formed WikiLeaks Party.  —  Mr Assange's application for electoral enrolment in Victoria was handed …
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Relationship Science Plans Database of Names and Connections  —  It sounds like a Rolodex for the 1 percent: two million deal makers, power brokers and business executives — not only their names, but in many cases the names of their spouses and children and associates, their political donations …

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