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January 3, 2013, 8:50 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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Skype updates Windows Phone app, temporarily nixes People Hub integration  —  Microsoft's Skype Division is temporarily removing integration with Windows Phone's People Hub in the latest update to its app for Microsoft's mobile platform, citing problems with “device stability.”
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Oh, The Places Tumblr Can Go  —  Nothing says Internet opportunity like a social media juggernaut.  Tumblr, the meme-olicious, gif-tastic, photo-fabulous, (but also occasionally) thoughtful blogging platform that attracted 167 million visitors and nearly 18 billion pageviews in December, is certainly no exception.
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 …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Samsung redesigns the Series 3 Chromebox case, leave specs the same  —  Samsung is offering a new version of the Series 3 Chromebox, a small desktop computer designed to run Google's Chrome OS operating system.  —  The new model is called the XE300M22-B01US, and in terms of hardware it's pretty …

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