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February 13, 2013, 10:55 AM

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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.
TechCrunch:
AOL Confirms gdgt Acquisition, Quests For tch Domination  —  AOL (owners of TechCrunch) today is taking one more step to build out its content empire: it has officially confirmed the acquisition of technology reviews site gdgt — first reported by TechCrunch nearly two weeks ago.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Opera formally adopts WebKit as its Web browsers reach 300 million users  —  Opera has announced that its range of Web browsers is now being used by 300 million people each month to navigate the Internet across mobile phones, PCs, tablets and more.  The Norwegian firm is marking the milestone …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Quentyn Kennemer / Android Phone Fans:
Box.net giving away free 50GB accounts to new users  —  I'm not sure if you've noticed, but there's been an intense battle for the top crown of the online cloud storage/documents editing space lately.  Dropbox spent a long time with little competition, but have since seen a lot of competition …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
YouTube Files Appeal Against Regulator In Russia Over Content Blocked By New Firewall  —  Google this week fired off one of the first high-profile tests of Russia's controversial new firewall — erected November 1, 2012 to block child porn, drugs and suicide content; but seen by critics …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Obama administration defends $222,000 file-sharing verdict  —  The Obama Administration has stepped into a long-running file-sharing lawsuit in Minnesota, urging the United States Supreme Court not to get involved in a six-figure verdict against a young mother from Northern Minnesota.
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.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Canada nixes online spying bill designed to stop child predators  —  Despite “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act” sounding like a well-intentioned bill, it was opposed by civil liberty groups because it sanctioned warrantless wiretapping.  —  It looks like Canadian privacy advocates won …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Jawbone MyTALK hacked: Names, emails and encrypted passwords stolen  —  Jawbone has notified some users that its MyTALK service has been hacked, with the cloud app and firmware update platform supposedly seeing names, emails, and encrypted passwords raided.  The security hack was revealed …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
New WD TV Play Streaming Box Lets Users Watch Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, And Their Own Media For Just $69  —  WD is no stranger to making media streaming devices — it's been in the business for several years, most notably with its WDTV Live and WDTV Live Hub products.

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