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February 13, 2013, 6:25 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 …
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 …
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.
The White House:
Executive Order — Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate …
Taylor Wimberly / ReadWrite:
HP To Adopt Android For Upcoming Mobile Devices  —  Having failed to carve out a place for itself in the post-PC era, Hewlett-Packard is now taking drastic measures — by adopting Google's Android operating system to run a series of upcoming mobile devices.  —  It's a bit of a Hail Mary pass for HP …
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.
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Google files patent lawsuits against BT  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc and its Motorola Mobility unit filed patent lawsuits on Wednesday against BT Group plc in the United States and in the U.K., a Google spokeswoman said, more than a year after the British telecoms group launched its own lawsuit against Google.
More: CNET, TechCrunch and ReutersTweets: @fosspatents
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.
More: Gizmodo and Search Engine LandTweets: @ebellm
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.
More: CNET and Neowin
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cisco Beats Expectations in Second Fiscal Quarter  —  Quarterly results from networking giant Cisco Systems just crossed the wires, and they're above expectations.  Cisco shares are moving up slightly after hours.  —  Cisco reported earnings of 51 cents per share on revenue of $12.1 billion.
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 …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Slacker reinvents itself: simpler, more approachable internet radio  —  If you were a fan of Slacker's old-school black and gold aesthetic, you can mourn its passing today.  The internet radio service has just undergone a rebirth, with a brand new white and burnt orange logo …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Zillow Q4 Beats Analysts With $34.3M Revenue, Mobile Visits Topped 50% Of Dec. Total  —  Real estate site Zillow came in ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released fourth quarter earnings report, with $34.3 million in revenue and net income of $0.5 million.
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Jeff Weiner Just Gave Every LinkedIn Employee At The Company An iPad Mini  —  Darain Faraz, a communications manager at LinkedIn in the UK, just tweeted that CEO Jeff Weiner just gave an iPad Mini to every one of LinkedIn's 3,500 employees.  —  A spokesperson confirmed the gift:
More: TechCrunch and MacRumorsTweets: @darainfaraz
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Facebook execs get judge to toss 4 IPO-related lawsuits  —  * Facebook still faces other claims tied to last May's IPO  —  * Judge says plaintiffs can file new suits within 20 days  —  Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and other executives won the dismissal Wednesday …

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