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January 8, 2013, 10:15 AM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Google CIO To Unveil Free WiFi In NYC's Chelsea Neighborhood  —  Google has slowly been building up its service provider cred, with an ambitious fiber project in Kansas City and free WiFi initiatives through a partnership with Boingo.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The new guard: Look at who is buying technology companies now  —  A few days ago, I pointed out the inevitability of the Internet and how it was going to play an increasing role in the companies that have traditionally not been classified as technology companies.
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Exclusive: A first look at Netflix's test of personalized profiles  —  Netflix recently started to test personalized profiles with a limited subset of its subscribers, allowing them to create a separate profile for each member of their family.  The company has talked about eventually doing …
More: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
Jason Clampet / Skift:
Airbnb's growing pains mirrored in New York City, where half its listings are illegal rentals  —  Apartment rental site Airbnb's revolutionary simplicity has made it easy for tens of thousands of people to both list and discover lodging options in private residences and book them easily, quickly, and safely.
More: GOOD.is
David Zax / Fast Company:
This 15-Year-Old Built An App To Help His High School Debate Team.  It Could Do Much More Than That  —  Tanay Tandon, high school sophomore, put out a Flipboard-like app last week called Clipped.  What's it like to be a teen prodigy hacker juggling the demands of high school?
More: Betabeat
John Shiffman / Reuters:
Chinese man pleads guilty in $100 million stolen software sting  —  (Reuters) - In a case U.S. officials say is the first of its kind, a Chinese businessman pleaded guilty Monday to selling stolen American software used in defense, space technology and engineering - programs prosecutors …
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
Verizon, Sprint to offer new Windows Phone 8 models  —  There were two big Windows Phone-related announcements today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  —  First, Samsung said that the ATIV Odyssey will go on sale at Verizon Wireless in the “coming weeks.”
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Ten Companies (Including Logitech) Team Up To Create The Internet Of Things Consortium  —  Your Internet-connected devices may be getting more cooperative, thanks to group of startups and established players who have come together to create a new nonprofit group called the Internet of Things Consortium.
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.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Sony Xperia Z / ZL: hands-on with Sony's flagship smartphone for 2013  —  Sony has made it a habit to introduce new smartphones at CES each year, and this year's announcement of the new Xperia Z continues that trend.  The Xperia Z — and the very similar Xperia ZL — is Sony's flagship mobile device …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As Demand For Tablets, Smartphones And Connected Screens Soars, Pure Play Devices Under Threat, Says Accenture  —  Attention dumbphones, point-and-shoot cameras and music players: sorry to tell you this, but it looks like your days may be numbered.  According to a new survey out from Accenture …
Thomas Gryta / Digits:
Verizon Says Buying Out Wireless Venture ‘Feasible’  —  Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Lowell McAdam believes the company could pull off the acquisition of its wireless joint venture with Vodafone Group PLC.  —  In an interview Monday ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Nancy Tellem: Why Microsoft's Looking for TV Hits on XBox Live (Q&A)  —  The entertainment and digital media president on why she left CBS, how she'd handle Angus T. Jones and why she's not into violent entertainment: “I don't like blood.”  —  Nancy Tellem, who had been a consultant …
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
GitHub Introduces Contributions, A New Way To Display On Profile Pages What Developers Are Doing  —  GitHub continues to build out its unique social network with Contributions, a new addition to profile pages that displays the projects developers created and what they are contributing to …
More: The GitHub BlogTweets: @cdixon
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Mo' money, fewer funds: 182 U.S. VC firms raised $20.6 billion in 2012, most since 2008  —  According to a new report from Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), U.S. venture capital firms raised $20.6 billion from 182 funds during full year 2012.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
GM Announces New App Framework, SDK, And Store For In-Vehicle Apps  —  Ford today introduced its new AppLink API that allows mobile apps to talk to its cars.  Not to be outdone, General Motors just introduced its own API and SDK for its new in-vehicle app platform. the big difference …
More: Engadget and The Verge
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple CEO Tim Cook meets high-level officials, US ambassador on visit to China  —  While Google chairman Eric Schmidt is enjoying a much-criticised visit to North Korea, Apple is coordinating an Asia visit of its own, after its CEO Tim Cook met with China's Minister of Industry and Information Technology …

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