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February 13, 2013, 3:05 PM

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Apple:
Apple Updates Processors & Prices of MacBook Pro with Retina Display  —  Apple® is making the MacBook Pro® with Retina® display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices.  The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple lowers 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display price to $1,499, speedbumps other Retina machines  —  Apple just lowered the price of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display: the starting model with 128GB of storage now costs $1,499, and the step-up model with 256GB of storage and a new …
Ryan Block / gdgt blog:
AOL adds gdgt to its Have-list!  —  We've got some big news: we couldn't be more excited to announce that gdgt has been acquired by AOL!  —  As you might recall, last year we started a fruitful partnership with the fine folks at Engadget to provide structured product data to their site.
BBC:
Apple loses Brazilian iPhone trademark ruling  —  Gradiente launched its Android-powered iPhone in Brazil in December  —  Brazilian regulators have ruled that Apple does not have exclusive rights to use the “iPhone” trademark in the country.  —  The decision is the result of a local company …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 1.7 Percent in 2012  —  Huawei Reached No. 3 Spot in Worldwide Smartphone Sales Ranking  —  Apple and Samsung Increased Share to Control 52 Percent of Worldwide Smartphone Sales  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 1.75 billion units …
Opera Press Room:
Opera gears up at 300 million users  —  Opera Software today announced reaching the milestone of 300 million monthly users across all its browser products on phones, tablets, TVs and computers.  —  “300 million marks the first lap, but the race goes on,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software.
iFixit:
Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown  —  It's a laptop!  It's a tablet!  It's a lablet!  It's...it's...Microsoft's Surface Windows 8 Pro, and it's about to go down on the teardown table.  Want more super gadget gutting?  Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
Wayne Chang / Crashlytics Blog:
Crashlytics Enterprise Is Now Free  —  Crashlytics gives mobile app developers insight into their apps' performance, so you can pinpoint and fix issues quickly and easily.  In addition to the main Crashlytics product, we've also offered Crashlytics Enterprise, which we introduced …
Declan Butler / Nature:
When Google got flu wrong  —  US outbreak foxes a leading web-based method for tracking seasonal flu.  —  When influenza hit early and hard in the United States this year, it quietly claimed an unacknowledged victim: one of the cutting-edge techniques being used to monitor the outbreak.
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Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Another investor sues Apple, taking a page from Einhorn playbook  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday was hit by another shareholder lawsuit, a case that is similar to the court challenge that star hedge fund manager David Einhorn brought as part of his push to unlock the company's cash hoard.
Dan Levine / Thomson Reuters News and Insight Legal:
Oracle vs Google legal war begins a new chapter  —  Oracle says a U.S. judge erred when he threw out its billion-dollar copyright claim against Google over parts of the Java programming language that Google incorporated into the Android mobile platform, according to a court filing.
Andrew Longstreth / Reuters:
High stakes if Apple e-books antitrust case goes to trial in U.S  —  (Reuters) - As the only remaining defendant in the U.S. government's e-books antitrust case, Apple Inc appears headed for a high-stakes trial that could significantly increase the personal computer company's liability in related litigation.
Brian Donohue / threatpost:
DARPA, FIDO Alliance Join Race to Replace Passwords  —  Nearly everyone agrees that passwords are the bane of Internet security.  For years, industry thinkers have somewhat vaguely referenced the need for Internet fingerprints capable of reliably verifing identities online.
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 …
Cody Lee / iDownloadBlog.com:
A&E Networks brings its top TV shows to the iPhone for free  —  Great news for all of you Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars fans, you can now watch your favorite TV shows on your iPhone and iPod touch.  A+E networks has updated 3 of its iOS apps today with full-length episodes and movies.
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Report: Google Search Will Generate $5 Billion From Tablets  —  Google could generate as much as $5 billion in revenue from selling advertisements on its search engine on tablet devices in 2013, according to a new report by Marin Software, one of the top firms that helps advertisers to buy Web-search ads.

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Microsoft:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
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