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January 3, 2013, 3:40 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
The Official Google Blog:
The Federal Trade Commission closes its antitrust review  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced it has closed its investigation into Google after an exhaustive 19-month review that covered millions of pages of documents and involved many hours of testimony.
Casey Newton / CNET:
What Google's settlement with the FTC means for users  —  In a major win for the search giant, it avoids a battle over search bias.  —  The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has completed a nearly two-year investigation into Google's business practices.  Here are some of the key takeaways:
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 …
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
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia planning aluminum body for thinner, lighter Lumia 920 successor  —  Nokia is planning a new line of Lumia Windows Phone devices for 2013.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is planning to switch to an aluminum construction for at least …
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 …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Facebook launches voice in iOS and Android Messenger apps, tests VoIP calling in Canada  —  Facebook is continuing to fine-tune and adapt its Messenger mobile apps (iOS/Android), today pushing live updates which include a potentially disruptive feature: voice messages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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