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February 12, 2013, 11:05 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 …
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.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Have Team Developing Wristwatch Computer  —  Apple Inc. has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the computing tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company's plans said.
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 …
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Obama signs cybersecurity executive order  —  President Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at bolstering the cyber defenses of the country's critical infrastructure.  —  The highly anticipated cyber order intends to improve information sharing about cyberthreats between government …
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.
Nat Brown / iLike.code:
Stupid, Stupid xBox!!  —  I was a founder of the original xBox project at Microsoft and gave it its name.  Almost 14 years after the painful, pointless, and idiotic internal cage-match to get it started and funded, the hard selling of a compelling and lucrative living-room product to Bill …
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 …
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
W3C to explore a proposal bringing DRM hooks to HTML  —  The web is defined by the free, open exchange of information, right?  Not necessarily.  The W3C has decided that it's “in scope” for its HTML Working Group to explore a specification for the Encrypted Media Extensions framework …
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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 …

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
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