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February 12, 2013, 6:25 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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Brian Heater / Engadget:
eMusic no longer requires subscription, opens the indie music floodgates  —  Some big news for lovers of indie music with commitment issues. eMusic's CEO Adam Klein announced this morning that his service will be dumping its subscription requirement, letting customers download music …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Mojang officially releases Minecraft for free on the Raspberry Pi  —  A new version of Minecraft, which is arguably the most successful video game ever created by an indie developer, has been released today for free on the Raspberry Pi.  —  Built by Aron and Daniel over at Mojang …
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Truphone extends low-cost global calling network with Wi-Fi  —  Truphone on Monday announced plans to add a new network to its global GSM partnerships: it's Wi-Fi.  The new Truphone+ service , expected to debut at Mobile World Congress, will take advantage of wireless hotspots to broaden worldwide coverage and improve call quality.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
After Acquiring 15 Groupon Clones, CrowdSavings Finds a Buyer for Itself  —  Two daily deal companies that are far off the radar are joining forces with Half Off Depot, agreeing to acquire CrowdSavings for $6.4 million in cash and stock.  —  Together, the two will be rebranded as nCrowd, and will be headquartered out of Atlanta.
John McDermott / AdAge:
Millennial Media In Talks to Acquire Mobile Ad Buying Platform Metaresolver  —  Real-Time Bidding Startup Purchased After Less Than a Year  —  Mobile ad network Millennial Media is close to a deal to acquire mobile ad targeting and real-time bidding startup Metaresolver, according to execs close to the company.
Thanks:@mcdermott
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
FCC invests $10M in new network security but leaves backdoor unlocked  —  In August of 2011, while in the middle of upgrading its network security monitoring, the Federal Communications Commission discovered it had already been hacked.  Over the next month, the commission's IT staff …

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