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January 3, 2013, 10:05 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 …
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
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.
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.
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
A Little Sleuthing Leads Nexus 4 Enthusiasts To Estimate About 400K In Sales Of The Device  —  Google and LG's Nexus 4 has been such a coveted item this past holiday season, that it's been in and out of stock since its release in mid-November.  Because Google doesn't publicly comment on device sales …
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.
David Meyer / GigaOm:
Another blow for handset subsidies as UK regulator mulls price hike controls  —  The mobile phone subsidy model is already in trouble, what with devices such as the Nexus 4 threatening to bring smartphone pricing into the no-brainer pre-pay zone.  But now carriers in the UK may have a new incentive …
Bloomberg:
Huawei, Samsung, ZTE Named in New InterDigital Complaint  —  Huawei Technologies Co., ZTE Corp. (000063) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) were named in a new patent- infringement complaint filed by InterDigital Inc. (IDCC) over technology related to the latest mobile-phone standards.
More: Engadget
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 …
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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 …

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