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January 7, 2013, 10:20 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Vizio gets back in the phone game with 5-inch 1080p and 4.7-inch 720p handsets... for China  —  Two of the hottest phones at CES, but you can't have one  —  Two years ago, Vizio came to CES and announced the Vizio Phone, a skinned Android phone that quietly died at the hands of American carrier politics.
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”:
B.L. Ochman / AdAge:
There Are 181,000 Social Media ‘Gurus,’ ‘Ninjas,’ ‘Masters,’ and ‘Mavens’ on Twitter  —  A Growth Industry: That's Up From Just 16,000 In 2009  —  As a public service, I like to periodically check in on the number of self-proclaimed social media “gurus,” “ninjas,” “masters” and “mavens” on Twitter.
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.
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Republican staffer fired for copyright memo talks to Ars  —  Derek Khanna with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the outgoing chairman of the Republican Study Committee.  Jordan's successor, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), chose not to retain Khanna for the 113th Congress.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Yahoo Mail users hit by widespread hacking, XSS exploit seemingly to blame (Update: Fixed)  —  Late last night reports started coming in suggesting that Yahoo Mail users have had their accounts hacked.  While “hacked” is a very broad term nowadays, it does appear that Yahoo email accounts …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
BitPay Banks $510K In Investment To Become PayPal for Bitcoin, Already Has 2,100 Businesses On Board  —  Bitcoin, a heavily underground peer-to-peer payment solution, is starting to peek its head above ground.  Today, a payment solutions company called BitPay has announced $510K in investment …

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Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
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