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January 4, 2013, 7:35 AM

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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
David Drummond / 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.
Tony Romm / Politico:
How Google beat the feds  —  Google escaped from a nearly two-year federal antitrust probe with only a few scratches by proving that the best defense is a good offense.  —  Instead of ignoring Washington — as rival Microsoft did before its costly monopolization trial in the 1990s …
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 …
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint:
Spotify suspends music download service in the UK  —  EXCLUSIVE: No longer supporting purchases  —  Spotify is no longer allowing users to buy music through its streaming service, Pocket-lint has discovered.  —  When trying to buy tracks, even Premium subscribers are met with a notice that states …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Ex-Windows boss Steven Sinofsky launches new blog focused on ‘technology product development’  —  Steven Sinofsky may no longer hold the Windows reins at Microsoft, but that certainly doesn't mean that he intends on stepping back from the public sphere.  Made famous for his work on Windows 7 …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
The E-Reader Revolution: Over Just as It Has Begun?  —  The e-reader era just arrived, but now it may be ending.  —  Dedicated devices for reading e-books have been a hot category for the past half-dozen years, but the shrinking sizes and falling prices of full-featured tablet computers …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Toyota, Audi Prep Self-Driving Cars  —  Toyota Motor Corp. and Audi AG are throwing their hats into the ring of potential suppliers of self-driving vehicles.  —  Both auto makers confirmed on Thursday that they will be demonstrating autonomous-driving features at the Consumer Electronics Show …
More: Digits, CNET and The VergeTweets: @levie
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Kim Dotcom: US “planted” evidence to obtain illegal search warrants  —  Kim Dotcom living large in happier times.  —  Handout  —  Megaupload has accused US investigators of “planting” evidence the government used to prove that Megaupload knowingly kept copyrighted files on its servers and ultimately shut the file-sharing site down.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to be three times more scratch resistant than previous generation  —  Gorilla Glass has found its way onto spec sheets of many devices over the years thanks to its promises of keeping your screens scratch- and crack-free, and now the third generation is upon us.
New York Times:
Inquiry Into Tech Giants' Tax Strategies Nears End  —  Congressional investigators are wrapping up an inquiry into the accounting practices of Apple and other technology companies that allocate revenue and intellectual property offshore to lower the taxes they pay in the United States.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Forrester Report Says Apple Will Sell $39 Billion In Macs and iPads To Businesses Over Next 2 Years  —  Forrester Research is reporting that Apple will sell $39 billion in Macs and iPads through 2014.  —  According to the firm's latest report, Apple will sell $7 billion worth of Macs …
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
US frowns on Eric Schmidt's North Korea trip  —  The U.S. Department of State has described the timing of a proposed visit by Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt and others to North Korea as not “particularly helpful” in view of the Asian country's recent launch of a long-range rocket.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
IMAGiNE BitTorrent Group Leader Sentenced To Five Years in Prison  —  In 2011 the notorious IMAGiNE movie piracy group was dismantled by the FBI.  The group had been releasing large numbers of movies onto the Internet, many of them still playing in theaters, and this had attracted the attention …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Zipcar: Startup Genius, Public Failure  —  Zipcar Inc. changed the world.  But that didn't make it a good public company.  It was a pretty awful one, in fact.  —  By most measures, Wednesday's about $500 million sale to Avis Budget Group Inc. appears to represent an entrepreneurial high point.
More: Forbes, VentureBeat and FortuneTweets: @slangwise
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Write Gambling Software, Go to Prison  —  In a criminal case sure to make programmers nervous, a software maker who licenses a program used by online casinos and bookmakers overseas is being charged with promoting gambling in New York because authorities say his software was used by others for illegal betting in that state.
Barbara Chai / Speakeasy:
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs Film Due in April … The new film, “jOBS,” starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, will be released in April, Open Road Films and Five Star Feature films announced Thursday.  —  The release will come after “jOBS” premieres …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Android Jelly Bean passes 10% adoption, ICS nears 30%, and Gingerbread finally falls under 50%  —  Google on Thursday updated its Platform Versions Web page for Android, and it looks like there's finally some good news to report.  Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) …

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