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January 16, 2014, 12:30 AM

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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
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, Mayer's No. 2, to depart after failing to move lagging ad business  —  “Dead Man Walking” Walks: COO Henrique De Castro Out at Yahoo  —  As has long been rumored, Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro is departing Yahoo.  I had reported last week that he was in big trouble …
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
BitTorrent Creator's New Software DissidentX Hides Secrets In Plain Sight  —  Encryption tools help people keep secrets.  Bram Cohen has a more subtle ambition: he wants to help people keep secret the act of keeping secrets.  —  For the last year Cohen, who created the breakthrough file …
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Partners With MakerBot and Shapeways To Bring 3D Printing Support To Photoshop, Adds Perspective Warp Tool & Resets 30-Day Trials  —  Adobe today launched the latest update to its subscription-based Creative Cloud suite.  While the company is updating a variety of its tools …
Brent Rose / Gizmodo:
Google Play Movies and TV Finally Comes to iOS  —  First Google Play Books made its way to iOS.  Then Google Play Music undertook the pilgrimage.  So, it should be little surprise that today Google Play Movies and TV has finally made the jump.  This is significant not just because it brings …
Larry Seltzer / ZDNet:
Microsoft to extend Windows XP antimalware updates one year  —  Summary: Security updates for Windows XP will end this April, but updated antimalware signatures for the operating system will continue for another year.  —  Microsoft has announced that they will continue to supply antimalware signatures …
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. …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Calls Snapchat A “Privacy Phenomenon”  —  Mark Zuckerberg thinks Facebook's innovated by creating a place where people could share what wasn't shared before, which is also why he thinks Snapchat is important.  Today in a low-profile talk at Stanford alongside discussions of the NSA …
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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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Spam-Fighting Startup Impermium Joins Google, Discontinues Third-Party Services  —  Impermium, a cybersecurity startup that was backed by top funds like Accel and Greylock, is joining Google.  They had raised $9 million in funding from Highland Capital Partners, the Social+Capital Partnership …
Scott Kirsner / Boston Globe:
CloudSwitch and EqualLogic vets pocket $12 million for stealthy new startup, ClearSky Data  —  Serial entrepreneur Paula Long played the role of the fairy godmother in the story of ClearSky Data, a quiet new startup currently operating out of the Kendall Square offices of Highland Capital Partners...
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft confirms Syrian Electronic Army hacked into employee email accounts  —  Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that a “small number” of employee email accounts were accessed during the latest round of attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army.  The hacking group posted three internal emails …

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