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January 16, 2013, 5:55 PM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook launches free calling for all iPhone users in the US  —  In early January, Facebook began testing free calling over Wi-Fi and cellular data for all Messenger for iPhone users in Canada, and said that a US launch could be coming soon.  Apparently, the test went well — a new free calling button has appeared in the app.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Search Blog:
Facebook Is No Longer Flat: On Graph Search  —  By now the news is sweeping across the blogosophere and into the mainstream press: Facebook is doing Search!  Well, not so fast.  Facebook is not doing search, at least not search Google-style.  However, the world's largest social network …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
StumbleUpon Lays Off 30% Of Staff As It Restructures Company Into A Profitable State  —  StumbleUpon today laid off 30 percent of its staff, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch.  The move, which brings Stumbleupon's employee count from 110 to 75, is part of a larger restructuring plan …
More: WebProNews
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
New Java Exploit Fetches $5,000 Per Buyer  —  Less than 24 hours after Oracle patched a dangerous security hole in its Java software that was being used to seize control over Windows PCs, miscreants in the Underweb were already selling an exploit for a different and apparently still-unpatched zero …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular Support to All Tiered Data Plans  —  AT&T has again expanded access to the FaceTime Over Cellular feature to customers on all tiered data plans with a compatible FaceTime device.  Previously, only users with an LTE device — the iPad 3 and 4 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's 2013 Product Roadmap Predictions: Multiple iPhones, Retina iPad Mini, All-Retina MacBook Pros  —  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a very good track record in predicting Apple's product plans, has issued a new research report outlining his expectations for Apple's 2013 product launches.
evleaks / Unwired View:
HTC M7: first image of the 2013 flagship  —  Thanks to a trusted source with access to an early version of its firmware, we've finally been given a first look at the HTC M7, a flagship device meant to reverse the fortunes of the slumping Taiwanese manufacturer.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Verizon finds US developer outsourced his job to China so he could surf Reddit and watch cat videos  —  No, this is not the Onion, it's not April Fools, and I'm not making this up.  All of this comes straight from Verizon, or more specifically, a case study from 2012 outlined by its security team.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft teases Surface Pro as 90-day deadline nears  —  Manger of Surface line says tablet arriving ‘in the coming weeks’  —  Microsoft teased the Surface Pro today, hinting that the company will soon announce an on-sale date for its second tablet.  —  “On my way to the factory to check …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Apple, Amazon ordered to try settlement in ‘app store’ suit  —  Even though Apple's ongoing case against Amazon over its use of the term “app store” is scheduled to go to trial, the judge wants the companies to work to settle beforehand.  —  A judge has ordered Apple and Amazon to meet …
Steve Friess / Politico:
How President Obama's inaugural app mines data for Democrats  —  Looking for a public toilet using the new Inauguration smartphone app?  That might just land you on left-leaning email lists or solicited in coming years to be a Democratic campaign donor.  —  Thousands have downloaded …
More: TechCrunch and App AdviceThanks:@stevefriess
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Intel And Facebook Team To Open Source Data-Center Designs, Open Compute Project Grows With 12 New Members  —  Facebook announced today at the Open Compute Summit that it is open-sourcing more of its data center designs for storing pictures, high availability and power consumption in data centers.
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
Samsung Chromebox gets updated with Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge CPU  —  Summary: The mini-desktop PC, which runs the Google Chrome OS, shows up online in a new configuration that doesn't include an under-powered processor for once.  —  Sean Portnoy  —  Google has tried to convince potential buyers …
Bloomberg:
Apple Needs to Adapt to Emerging-Market Growth, Sculley Says  —  Ex-Apple CEO: Apple Must Adapt to Emerging-Markets  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) needs to overhaul its supply chain to meet demand for cheaper smartphones in emerging markets, former Chief Executive Officer John Sculley said.

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