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January 7, 2013, 5:40 PM

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Apple:
App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads with Almost Half in 2012  —  Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps*, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone.  The App Store has over 500 million active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month.
Matthew Lynley / Digits:
Apple Has Paid Out More Than $7 Billion To Developers  —  Apple announced today that more than 40 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store for the iPhone and iPad — which has led to more than $7 billion in payments to developers.  —  That's still a fraction of Apple's revenue …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Intel confirms partnership with Comcast, brings Xfinity TV viewing to Intel-based devices  —  Well, there's no new set-top box box per se, but most of those rumored Intel / virtual cable TV details have come true here at CES.  Intel just announced a new partnership with Comcast …
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
Why We're Not At The Biggest Tech Show In The World  —  Because it's not the most important event in technology anymore.  The two trends that killed CES.  For a long time, the Consumer Electronics Show, which began in 1967, was the Super Bowl of new technology.
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Congressman Demands Investigation of Google FTC Probe Leaks  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, demanded an investigation of the Federal Trade Commission's role in sharing private information about the Commission's Google probe …
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 …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
Huawei Officially Reveals The 6.1-Inch Ascend Mate And The 5-Inch Ascend D2, We Go Hands-On  —  Neither LG's nor AT&T's pre-CES conferences had much to show off in the way of smartphone hardware, but Huawei has just changed all that here at its press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears  —  (Reuters) - A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows.
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Year-end Wii U sales steady, says Nintendo chief  —  (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd's year-end sales of its Wii U games console were steady, though not as strong as when its Wii predecessor was first launched, the Japanese game maker's top executive told Reuters on Monday.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
At Disney Parks, a Bracelet Meant to Build Loyalty (and Sales)  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Imagine Walt Disney World with no entry turnstiles.  Cash?  Passé: Visitors would wear rubber bracelets encoded with credit card information, snapping up corn dogs and Mickey Mouse ears with a tap of the wrist.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
The AP Has Started Selling Its Twitter Feed  —  America's most venerable newswire is experimenting with new ways to make money.  And they're going around Twitter to do it, too.  —  During the Consumer Electronics Show, the Associated Press's 1.5 million followers will see tweets about Samsung's new products.

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