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January 2, 2013, 1:00 PM

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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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Not So Fast: Avis' Proposed $500M Zipcar Buy Being Investigated For Short-Changing Shareholders  —  Earlier today the sharing economy startup world was abruptly awoken from its holiday slumber with the news that car rental giant Avis would buy car-sharing company Zipcar for $500 million.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
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Joe Schneider / Bloomberg:
Samsung Loses Bid to Seal Sales Data in Apple Dispute  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) lost a bid to keep sales data of some of its products sealed in a U.S. patent dispute with Apple Inc.  —  U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose yesterday denied Samsung's request to keep …
Wall Street Journal:
Intel's Push Into Web TV Hits Delays  —  Intel Corp.'s effort to develop an Internet-based TV service and associated hardware is taking longer than expected, people familiar with the company's plans say, in part due to delays in reaching content agreements with media companies.
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Developers begin seeing new Apple iPhone hardware and iOS 7 in usage logs  —  Currently under development, traces of Apple's new iPhone and iOS software have begun surfacing in app usage logs.  Developers have contacted The Next Web to share references to a new iPhone identifier …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Court dismisses Apple's case against Amazon for use of ‘App Store’ name  —  In September, Amazon asked a California court to dismiss Apple's 2011 lawsuit against the company regarding the “App Store” trademark.  Today, Bloomberg reports via a tweet that the court has dismissed the lawsuit.
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Putting 2012 To Bed  —  I'm typing this on my phone as our plane is starting to descend into the NY metro area.  We will land at JFK within the hour.  —  I've wanted to write a year end post for days.  I actually wrote one and stored it as a draft.  But it comes across as a whiny complaint about the s**tty year that 2012 was.
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
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Polaroid to launch Fotobar stores designed to print photos from our smartphones  —  Photography giant Polaroid plans to open at least ten new retail stores this year focused on getting people to print and edit the photos saved on their smartphone, or uploaded to social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Picasa.
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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Microsoft:
Royal Caribbean International hits the high seas with Microsoft tech  —  Cruise line equips 40,000 crew members with Windows 8.1 tablets, in part to use Skype, OneDrive and more to keep in closer touch with family members and friends while away from home.
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