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January 7, 2013, 10:15 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.
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
NVIDIA building Tegra 4 into an Android gaming controller / console, dubbed ‘Project Shield’  —  A video shown on-stage during NVIDIA's press conference just unveiled “Project Shield,” a gaming controller / portable console running Tegra 4.  The controller looks an awful lot like a PlayStation 3 DualShock 3 …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Nvidia unveils Tegra 4, 'world's fastest mobile processor'  —  Nvidia has just announced its next-generation Tegra 4 processor for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks.  The Tegra 4, like its predecessor, features a quad-core processor along with a fifth, low power, core to save battery life.
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
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Dropbox's new Modern UI Windows 8 app finally arrives in the Windows Store  —  It's been a month since we revealed that Dropbox had pushed its Windows 8 app for submission to Microsoft, and now the app is fully certified and has landed in the Windows Store for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.
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.
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) …
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 …
Tweets: @csoghoian
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.
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 …
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: ForbesTweets: @counternotions
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 …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Reddit Rumored To Be Raising Money, At A $400 Million Valuation  —  Welcome to yet another Rumor Sunday™.  In 2011, Reddit was spun out of Conde Nast as a standalone company, but the publishing giant kept full ownership.  At the time, Peter Kafka of AllthingsD reported that Conde Nast …

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Intel:
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