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January 3, 2013, 11:55 AM

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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 …
Rene Ritchie / iMore.com:
Apple, Waze, and the expectation of rumors  —  There are some rumors going around that Apple is considering the purchase of crowd-sourced mapping app Waze.  Apple has a ton of cash, and can certainly buy Waze if that's what both parties want, the way Apple bought Chomp, Color, Polar Rose, Siri, and other companies over the years.
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Miguel Helft / Fortune:
The future according to Google's Larry Page  —  Google CEO Larry Page envisions a future in which computers plan your vacations, drive your cars, and anticipate your whims.  Audacious?  Maybe.  But Page's dreams have a way of coming true.  —  FORTUNE — When Sir Martin Sorrell …
More: The VergeThanks:@jpmanga
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google Requires People to Use the Google+ Social Network, Gains Ground Against Facebook  —  Google Inc. is gaining ground against Facebook Inc. thanks to a controversial tactic: requiring people to use the Google+ social network.  —  Google over the past year has boosted the Google+ operation …
Jeremiah Rice / Android Police:
Sprint Will Begin Pay As You Go Service On January 25th, But Standard Sprint Phones Aren't Invited To The Party  —  If you want to use Sprint's network without signing a contract, there are a lot of options out there, including its subsidiary Boost Mobile, the American MVNO Virgin, and hybrid provider Republic Wireless, among others.
Connie Guglielmo / Forbes:
Life After The iPhone: How AT&T's Bet On Apple Mobilized The Company  —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who took over just as the iPhone was launched, talks about the fame, pain and change that's taken place under his leadership.  (Photo credit: Matthew Hawthorne)  —  Steve Jobs needed some advice.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Apple Killed the Netbook  —  And we're all better off for the demise of the $400 future of computing.  —  Netbooks are dead.  Good riddance!  Just a few years ago, these small, underpowered, ultracheap laptops were considered the future of the computer industry.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Barnes & Noble's bad holiday: Nook, store and BN.com sales down  —  As it had warned investors last week, Barnes & Noble announced disappointing holiday sales Thursday.  For the nine-week period ending December 29, 2012, Nook device sales, in-store sales and BN.com sales were all down from the same period last year.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
The Ubuntu phone has a speed problem, and I'm not talking about lag  —  If your hardware roadmap is measured in years rather than months, you may have a problem  —  As software launches go, yesterday's announcement of Ubuntu for phones was quite the success for parent company Canonical.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Qualcomm CEO: Apple rejected our radio for the Newton, so we struck a deal with Palm  —  Here's a bit of pre-smartphone era history for you: Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs told Charlie Rose tonight that he tried to convince Apple to put a Qualcomm radio in the Newton PDA during the 90s, but was shot down.
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Buzzfeed Raises $19.3 Million to Make LOL Content for the Social Web  —  Building a Giant War Chest That Signals Greater Ambitions  —  Buzzfeed set out to re-invent the notion of content for the social web by allowing pictures of cute animals to co-exist with serious political coverage.
David Beren / TmoNews:
All T-Mobile Stores To Carry The Nexus 4 Beginning This Month  —  If you're still on the hunt for a Nexus 4 and we imagine you are since they are next to impossible to find then we've got some good news.  T-Mobile stores are hoping to resolve the Nexus 4 inventory black hole …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Special Intel ‘Ivy Bridge’ chips to enable new laptops, tablets  —  At CES, chip giant will discuss limited edition versions of its 3rd Generation Core processors that are Intel's most power efficient to date.  Select ultrabooks and tablets from some vendors are expected.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Acquires And Will Shut Down Recipe Discovery Site Punchfork  —  Pinterest has just made its first acquisition - the two year and a half year old recipe discovery and sharing site Punchfork.  Rather than operate it independently, Punchfork will continue to run shortly but then its site …
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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung to Sell Tizen-Based Handsets After Google-Motorola Deal  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world's largest seller of mobile phones, said it will start selling smartphones this year featuring the Tizen operating system backed by Intel Corp.  —  “We plan to release new …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Chitika says Kindle Fire web share jumped to 7.5% and iPad fell 7.1% over holidays in North America  —  The Apple iPad may be doing too well for its own good, at least when it comes to measuring percentage changes in Web traffic.  This holiday season, the tablet's Web usage share in the US …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Senate confirms FTC, FCC picks  —  The Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama's nominees to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission late on Tuesday.  —  Obama nominated Democrat Mignon Clyburn for a second term at the FCC and Republican Joshua Wright for a first term at the FTC.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Patent trolls want $1,000—for using scanners  —  When Steven Vicinanza got a letter in the mail earlier this year informing him that he needed to pay $1,000 per employee for a license to some “distributed computer architecture” patents, he didn't quite believe it at first.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Microsoft reportedly acquires home automation startup R2 Studios for Xbox team  —  We knew that R2 studios, a startup from the creators of the Slingbox that was focused on home automation solutions, had been courting acquisition offers from the likes of Apple and Google …
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