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January 13, 2013, 9:00 PM

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Remember Aaron Swartz:
Official Statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz  —  Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment.  We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.  —  Aaron's insatiable curiosity, creativity …
Micah Allen / Neuroconscience:
Researchers begin posting article PDFs to twitter in #pdftribute to Aaron Swartz  —  Yesterday, as I was completing my morning coffee and internet ritual, @le_feufollet broke the sad news to me of Aaron Swartz's death.  Aaron was a leader online, a brilliant coder and developer …
Alex Stamos / Unhandled Exception:
The Truth about Aaron Swartz's “Crime”  —  I did not know Aaron Swartz, unless you count having copies of a person's entire digital life on your forensics server as knowing him.  I did once meet his father, an intelligent and dedicated man who was clearly pouring his life into defending his son.
Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog, v2:
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Boy Who Cried Facebook Phone  —  In The Lord of the Rings, when Sauron's forces capture Gollum, they torture him in Mordor but are only able to get two things out of him: “Shire” and “Baggins”.  Over the past few days, we've had similar frustrations in trying to track down the content …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Design Rivals Technology in Importance  —  Last year, at Apple's event to announce the iPad Mini, I was wandering around the gadget petting zoo the company sets up after each product unveiling.  As I turned a corner, I bumped into Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, who immediately wanted to show me something.
Tweets: @naveen and @nickbilton
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viggle Isn't Buying GetGlue, After All  —  Last fall social TV company Viggle announced that it was buying competitor GetGlue in a deal that could have been worth $70 million or more.  —  But that deal never closed, and tonight GetGlue says that it never will.  —  A blog post by GetGlue founder Alex Iskold doesn't say much.
Tweets: @pkafka
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Samsung: How the Korean firm got to be the biggest tech company in the world  —  Consider the phablet.  Back in 2011, when Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note—a 5.3-inch smartphone that was big enough to be a minitablet, hence the ugly portmanteau—the world's tech pundits couldn't stifle their giggles.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @om
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's partners fly the Windows 8 flag, but the future is Surface  —  How long can the old guard shoulder the weight?  —  Microsoft might not have been at CES this year, but its partners and OEMs were out in full force.  A quiet showing from Redmond at a time when the company is trying …

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