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January 2, 2013, 6:10 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Ubuntu phone OS announced, first devices shipping in early 2014  —  As already teased and promised, today Canonical is taking the wraps off the mobile version of Ubuntu, which is built around the existing Android kernel and drivers, but doesn't use a Java Virtual Machine and promises to use “the full power of the phone.”
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Plotting A Route To A Waze Acquisition?  Rumours On The Road Point To Yes  —  There can be no doubt that one of the hottest startups of the last couple of years has been social sat-nav smartphone app Waze.  Not surprising in an era when - largely due to Apple initially dumping Google Maps …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple says Do Not Disturb scheduling bug will correct itself automatically after January 7, 2013  —  In a support article on its website, Apple has acknowledged that a bug is keeping iOS devices' Do Not Disturb feature active past its scheduled time.  It says that the bug will automatically correct itself after January 7, 2013.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Microsoft: Google Is (Still) Blocking Us From Building YouTube for Windows Phone  —  Microsoft today said that Google executives have blocked a full-featured YouTube app for Windows Phone, via a blog post from one of its chief lawyers.  —  The company is trying to put a little public antitrust pressure …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Tumblr: David Karp's $800 Million Art Project  —  David Karp is in the midst of a rite of passage that seems universal for the young tycoons of the Internet's social era: He's buying himself a proper swank pad.  And like Mark Zuckerberg's luxe but dowdy $6 million manse in Palo Alto …
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Amazon Wins Dismissal of Apple's False Advertising Claim  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) won dismissal of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s claim that the online retailer's use of the term “app store” for Android device software is false advertising.  —  U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Vehicle rental giant Avis acquires car sharing company Zipcar for $500 million  —  Happy New Year, and welcome to the ongoing rise of the sharing economy.  —  Vehicle rental services company Avis Budget Group (Avis) today announced that it has agreed to acquire car sharing network Zipcar …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
FTC Chairman Pushing for a Google Antitrust Decision This Week  —  It's likely that the Federal Trade Commission will rule on its antitrust investigation of Google this week, with a similar settlement to the one discussed before the December holidays, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Walt Mossberg Look Ahead to 2013 - Talk Gets Cheaper, TV Gets Smarter  —  Personal technology never stops changing.  Some new products and services are game changers, like Apple's iPhone and iPad.  Others are clever twists or refinements, like each successive version of Google's Android platform, which gets better and better.
More: Business InsiderThanks:@dherman76
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple May Have Tapped Taiwan's TSMC For A6X Processor Production  —  Apple is looking to shift production of its mobile device processors to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company sooner rather than later, according to Taiwan-based newspaper The Commercial Times (via AppAdvice).
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google partners with Hyundai and Kia Motors to integrate Google Maps and Places into new car models  —  Following a similar path to Nokia and Apple, Google is looking to expand its services into the automobile industry, today announcing a partnership with Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors …

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