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January 7, 2013, 7:35 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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Intel: 4th generation Ultrabooks will require touch and will retail for $599 by end of 2013  —  Today at its CES event, Intel made the claim that by the end of 2013, the market will enjoy the presence of $599, touch-enabled Ultrabook laptops.  The company also stated that the devices will be required to support touch input.
More: Engadget
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Nokia Boss: “Today we are with Microsoft, but anything is possible”  —  Gizmodo es Español reports on some surprising words by Nokia big chief Stephen Elop.  Asked about a potential Android phone in Nokia's near future, Elop said that “anything is possible”:
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 …
More: TUAW and MacRumors
Ryan Tate / Wired:
In Apple's War on Taxes, Surrender Costs $28 Billion  —  With the U.S. Senate reportedly finishing an investigation into how Apple and others dodge taxes, and with Apple fighting for an officially sanctioned tax holiday, it's worth taking stock of Apple's tax liabilities.
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The bizarre tale of John McAfee, spymaster  —  McAfee, now traveling around the Midwest, has a taste for Cracker Barrel.  —  The craziest story of this last week?  It's an easy call—John McAfee's self-told tale of becoming a spymaster in Belize, passing out malware-laden laptops to officials …
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Disruptive Web Security Startup Shape Security Nabs $20M From Venrock, Google Ventures, Kleiner, Eric Schmidt  —  Shape Security, a company that wants to disrupt web security technology, has raised $20 million in Series B financing round led by Venrock, with participation …
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.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Lexus' autonomous Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle and why we're not ready for self-driving cars  —  Self-driving cars aren't just the future, they're the present.  Sort of.  They're out there, but you can't buy one just yet.  Google of course has made waves with its driverless car …
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 …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Former Motorola Exec Christy Wyatt to Head Good Technology  —  Enterprise mobility company Good Technology plans to announce later Monday that it has hired Christy Wyatt as its next chief executive.  Wyatt, a former Motorola and Apple executive, had most recently served a short stint …

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