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January 4, 2013, 10:45 PM

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Let Jason Kilar Take a Bow  —  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is headed out the door, as is CTO Rich Tom.  Other employees at the video site are going soon, as well.  —  None of that is surprising, and if you're trying to figure out what that means for Hulu, you're asking the wrong question.
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Netflix open sources tool to clean up your AWS cloud  —  Those Netflix engineers are at it again — releasing source code to an in-house tool they use to keep their Amazon Web Services pared down and tidy.  Janitor Monkey is a tool they use to automate the detection and clean up of unused AWS resources.
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung expected to widen smartphone lead over Apple this year  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is expected to widen its lead over Apple Inc in global smartphone sales this year with 35 percent growth, helped by a broad product lineup, market researcher Strategy Analytics told Reuters on Friday.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Mobile User Counts Revealed: 192M Android, 147M iPhone, 48M iPad, 56M Messenger  —  Facebook keeps user counts for its mobile apps hidden, but analyst Benedict Evans found a way to uncover them and they provide critical insight into the direction and performance of Facebook's mobile efforts.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Amazon Prime Instant Video adds A&E, History, and Lifetime after Netflix's deal falls through  —  Months after Netflix users lose access, Amazon strikes a deal with A&E  —  Amazon's Prime Instant Video streaming service is continuing to fill out its selection with today's announcement …
Aries Poon / Wall Street Journal:
HTC Vows to Step Up Innovation  —  TAIPEI—The head of HTC Corp. said the beleaguered Taiwanese smartphone maker didn't market their products aggressively enough last year, but vowed to win consumers back by developing more innovative products.  —  HTC had one of its worst years in 2012 …
Don Melton:
Keeping Safari a secret  —  For much of the time we spent developing Safari — long before it was called by that name — it pretended to be Microsoft Internet Explorer.  Specifically, Internet Explorer for Mac, which Apple had provided with the OS since 1998.
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 …
Jeff Barr / Amazon Web Services Blog:
AWS Management Console Improvements - Tablet and Mobile Support  —  Managing your AWS resources has become easier and more direct over the years!  Let's do a quick recap before we dig in:  — We launched Amazon SQS (2004) and Amazon S3 (2006) as pure APIs, with no tool support whatsoever.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Pro release date set for late January  —  Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet is set to go on sale in late January.  After unveiling the pricing for its Windows 8 tablet late last year, Microsoft has remained relatively quiet about the exact timing of release outside of a promised January timeframe.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Google Play will hit a million apps in June (probably sooner than the iOS app store)  —  I think we're well past the time when number of apps is the defining factor of a mobile ecosystem, at least if you're Apple or Google.  Perhaps not so much if you're Windows Phone or RIM.

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