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January 15, 2014, 3:00 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Silicon Valley workers may pursue collusion case as group- court  —  Roughly 60,000 Silicon Valley workers won clearance to pursue a lawsuit accusing Apple Inc, Google Inc and other companies of conspiring to drive down pay by not poaching each other's staff, after a federal appeals court refused …
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 …
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. …
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.
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.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Thousands Of Hotel Listings Were Hijacked In Google+ Local  —  Thousands of hotels listed within Google+ Local appear to have had links leading to their official sites “hijacked” and replaced with ones leading to third-party booking services.  Google+ Local listings are what Google depends …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
With $1.2M From Greylock, Yuri Milner And 500 Startups, First Opinion Lets You Text A Doctor Anytime  —  As mobile networks and digital communication tools improve, there's a huge opportunity to re-imagine the calcified old world of healthcare.  Some services are looking to do that by bringing …
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Intel expands “Intel Inside” cloud branding beyond Amazon  —  Intel which parlayed the hell out of the “Intel Inside” sticker in the PC world, aims to replicate that branding success in cloud.  As of Tuesday, 16 cloud providers can plaster the less-succinct “Powered by Intel Cloud Technology” logo on their web pages.

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Microsoft:
Queensland Government partners with Microsoft to bring Office 365 to 149,000 government employees  —  Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, will partner with Microsoft to bring Office 365 …
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