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January 3, 2013, 2:25 PM

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Peter Kaplan / Federal Trade Commission:
Google Agrees to Change Its Business Practices to Resolve FTC Competition Concerns In the Markets for Devices Like Smart Phones, Games and Tablets, and in Online Search  —  Landmark Agreements Will Give Competitors Access to Standard-Essential Patents; Advertisers Will Get More Flexibility to Use Rival Search Engines
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: 9to5Google and The VergeThanks:@jpmanga
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
That Apple/Waze Deal Hits A Roadblock — That Roadblock Being Reality (Not Happening)  —  Yesterday, we ran a big story: Is Apple Plotting A Route To A Waze Acquisition?  Rumours On The Road Point To Yes.  That's huge news for a few reasons: Apple rarely makes startup acquisitions …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Acquires And Will Shut Down Recipe Discovery Site Punchfork  —  Pinterest has just made its first acquisition - the two-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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay Tries Two New Ways to Sell: Drop-Off Points and Home Pick-Up  —  Gail Weber had never sold anything on eBay, but she was interested in the concept after inheriting a number of antique vases, platters and plates.  —  “I'm not intimidated by going on eBay, but I don't know how to sell, and PayPal is another deterrent,” she said.
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.
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.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
WiFi and WiGig Alliances become one, work to promote 60GHz wireless  —  The WiFi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance have a pretty long history of working together.  The two are ringing in the new year by removing the last barrier to their cooperation and officially becoming one organization.
More: GigaOM
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.
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square's Mobile Card Readers Now Sold At Starbucks' 7K Company-Operated Stores  —  Square is announcing today that Starbucks is the next retail partner to sell its mobile card readers.  The payments company also has a deal with the coffee giant to process transactions and accept Square Wallet.

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