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January 15, 2014, 4:35 PM

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John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple Agrees to FTC Consent Decree Over In-App Purchases (Memo)  —  Looks like Apple's settlement last year of a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of in-app purchasing in games and apps sold through the App Store wasn't enough for the Federal Trade Commission.
Federal Trade Commission:
Apple to refund consumers at least $32.5M for in-app purchases made without parental consent  —  Apple Inc. Will Provide Full Consumer Refunds of At Least $32.5 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Charged for Kids' In-App Purchases Without Parental Consent  —  Company Also Will Modify its Billing Practices Under FTC Settlement
Fred Wilson / A VC:
How losing net neutrality will discourage investing in bandwidth-intensive startups  —  VC Pitches In A Year Or Two  —  Entrepreneur: I plan to launch a better streaming music service.  It leverages the data on what you and your friends currently listen to, combines that with the schedule …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
What's Net Neutrality?  What Happened to Net Neutrality Yesterday?  What Happens Next?  A Q&A for the Rest of Us  —  Net neutrality is dead, and the Internet is in peril.  —  Or, maybe: Net neutrality is dead, and the Internet will be fine.  —  Or, perhaps: Net neutrality is threatened, but can be saved.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP to Re-Enter Smartphone Market With “Phablets” in India  —  Hewlett-Packard will today announce plans to re-enter the market for smartphones and tablets that it exited in 2011, with a pair of voice-enabled tablets that will debut in India later this year.  —  HP's plans call for releasing …
CNBC:
Apple-China Mobile deal a ‘watershed’ moment: Tim Cook  —  By: Reporting by Eunice Yoon, Written by Dhara Ranasinghe  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook says the deal to sell iPhones on China Mobile's vast network is a “watershed” moment.  —  A deal to sell iPhones on China Mobile's vast network is a …
New York Times:
NSA is using radio waves to monitor and alter data on computers not connected to the Internet  —  N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Optional Data Compression Feature To Chrome For Mobile, Reducing Your Data Usage By Up To 50%  —  Google today is officially announcing the release of a data compression feature for its Chrome mobile web browser which allows you to reduce your data usage on smartphones and tablets …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AOL hands over control of Patch to investment fund Hale Global, keeps small stake  —  AOL Finds a Home — Off Its Books — For Patch  —  Patch isn't dead, and AOL isn't officially done with it.  But Tim Armstrong's big bet on local news has come to an end: The AOL CEO is handing over Patch …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Silent Circle & Geeksphone Join Forces To Build Blackphone: A Pro-Privacy Android-Based Smartphone  —  As the reality of the extent and invasiveness of the security services' dragnet surveillance programs hits home, the pro-privacy movement has been cranking up its own ideas to counter spy-tech with pro-privacy tech.
Evan Schuman / Computerworld:
Starbucks caught storing mobile passwords in clear text  —  In a case of convenience for users trumping security, Starbucks has been storing the passwords for its mobile-payment app, along with geolocation data, in clear text  —  The Starbucks mobile app, the most used mobile-payment app in the U.S. …
Wall Street Journal:
Cloud-Software Startup Zendesk Hires Bankers for IPO  —  Maker of Online Help-Desk Software Part of Wave of Cloud Companies  —  Zendesk Inc., a maker of online help-desk software for businesses, has hired banks in preparation for an initial public offering this year.
Reuters:
EU says needs more concessions from Google within weeks in anti-trust probe  —  A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in Toronto September 5, 2013.  —  (Reuters) - The European Union wants Google to come up with more concessions within weeks if it is to avoid formal charges …
Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch:
Bing Begins Rollout of Secure Search, Say Goodbye to More Keyword Data  —  ClickZ Intel is a resource hub for online marketers.  Gain access to white papers, webinars, case studies and more!  —  In November, we reported that Microsoft was looking into switching their search traffic into encrypted SSL search.
New York Times:
Obama surveillance plan “leaves in place many current programs, but embraces the spirit of reform”  —  Obama to Place Some Restraints on Surveillance  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will issue new guidelines on Friday to curtail government surveillance, but will not embrace …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
HP Chromebook 11 with LTE spotted with $379 price (possible $50 rebate too)  —  Earlier this morning, I noted that Altair announced its chip would power the HP Chromebook 11 LTE model on Verizon's network.  I figured the updated model would be available soon, but I didn't think it would be this soon.

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Microsoft:
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