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January 3, 2013, 10:45 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
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.
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:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Sony in talks for virtual MSO service  —  Conglom could roll out over-the-top channels later this year  —  Sony Corp. will show off a wide range of new products at next week's Consumer Electronics Show, but one that will stay under wraps could be its riskiest: a multichannel TV service to rival cable.
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.
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) …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft to patch Windows 8, but stays mum on IE zero-day fix  —  Microsoft will release seven security updates next week — including one rated critical for Windows 8 and Windows RT — to patch 12 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, SharePoint Server and the company's website design software.
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 …
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.
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 …
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