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January 7, 2013, 11:20 AM

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Apple:
App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads with Almost Half in 2012  —  Record-Breaking December with Over Two Billion Downloads  —  CUPERTINO, CaliforniaJanuary 7, 2013Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps*, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
NVIDIA unveils Project Shield, a Tegra 4-powered Android gaming handheld  —  A video shown on-stage during NVIDIA's press conference just unveiled “Project Shield,” a gaming controller / portable console running the just announced Tegra 4.  The controller looks an awful lot like a PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
My conversation with ex-Facebook CTO and Quora co-founder Adam D'Angelo  —  To say that I have had a contentious relationship with former Facebook chief technology officer Adam D'Angelo's three-year-old startup Quora would be an understatement.  I've had my reasons for disagreeing with some of its policies relating to the content.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @eghosao
Associated Press:
Google executive chairman arrives in North Korea  —  By By JEAN H. LEE, Associated Press - 2 hours ago  —  PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Google chairman wants a first-hand look at North Korea's economy and social media in his private visit Monday to the communist nation, his delegation said …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Following AMD & Asus, BlueStacks Strikes Distribution Deal With Lenovo To Bring 750K Android Apps To Its PCs  —  The good news keeps rolling in for BlueStacks, the startup best known for making technology that enables one and all to download and use Android applications on their desktop PCs — and more recently, their Macs.
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In August, four months after Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng started the online education company Coursera, its free college courses had drawn in a million users, a faster launching than either Facebook or Twitter.
More: Betabeat
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Roku Now Has 700 Channels, Including Time Warner Cable; Also Has 14 TV Manufacturers Compatible With Its Streaming Stick  —  Roku is announcing at CES today a significant milestone both in the amount of content and the number of devices that are compatible with its USB-sized streaming stick.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Apple secures majority of US smartphone market, Samsung dominates Europe  —  Summary: According to new research, the iPad and iPhone maker has managed to secure over 50 percent of the American smartphone market, whereas Samsung is still top dog in Europe.  —  Charlie Osborne
More: BGR, PC World and ForbesTweets: @counternotions
David Jolly / New York Times:
Ad Blocking Raises Alarm Among Firms Like Google  —  PARIS — Xavier Niel, the French technology entrepreneur, has made a career of disrupting the status quo.  —  Now, he has dared to take on Google and other online advertisers in a battle that puts the Web companies under pressure to use …
More: The Equity KickerTweets: @csoghoian
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Hitting a high Note: ‘phablets’, chips to drive Samsung fourth quarter profit  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.1 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets every minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens …
More: Pocketnow
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Posts Lowest Net Income in Eight Years After Revenue Drops  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-largest smartphone maker, posted its lowest profit in eight years as a lack of new models prompted a loss of market share.  —  Fourth-quarter net income was NT$1 billion ($34 million) …
Tim Wu / The New Republic:
Why Does Everyone Think Google Beat the FTC?  —  In the aftermath of the FTC's settlement with Google yesterday, too many reporters fell for the line that Google used some fancy combination of executive charm and lobbying prowess to beat the federal government at its own game.
More: The Verge
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Can't Afford Buyer's Remorse With Next Retail Hire  —  John Browett, the Dixons exec tapped to oversee Apple's retail operations last January, was Tim Cook's first big hire after taking up the CEO reins at the company.  Nine months later, he would be among Cook's first big fires …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
HP Pocket Playlist WiFi drive takes video from Hulu or Netflix, shares media with five devices  —  There's no shortage of WiFi storage devices these days, but it's not often that they collect web video — which makes HP's new Pocket Playlist at least somewhat worthy of a closer look.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Alcatel intros the One Touch Idol Ultra, the 'world's slimmest phone' at 6.45mm (hands-on video)  —  Yes, there's a bit of a contest going on among smartphone manufacturers to determine which one has the thinnest device.  As proof that Alcatel can play that game, too, the company has just jumped …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Windows RT ‘code integrity mechanism’ gets sidestepped, allows unsigned desktop apps to run  —  As Microsoft continues to promote and push its RT apps and programs, Windows tinkerer Clrokr at SurfSec has detailed how he managed to circumvent Redmond's controls on what can run …

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