January 8, 2013, 9:25 AM

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Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
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.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, Google CTO 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.
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 …
NPD DisplaySearch:
Tablet PC Market Forecast to Surpass Notebooks in 2013, NPD DisplaySearch Reports  —  Tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship, according to NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report.
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.
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Qualcomm outs Snapdragon 800 and 600: up to 2.3GHz quad-core, 4K video, due by mid 2013  —  Having pushed the Snapdragon S4 into an outrageous number of devices last year, it seemed inevitable that Qualcomm would come to CES 2013 with an even more fiery Snapdragon S5.
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.”
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
More: NeowinTweets: @maryjofoley
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
AT&T sold a record 10m smartphones in Q4 2012, helped by best-ever sales of Android and Apple devices  —  US operator AT&T announced today a new for sales of smartphones by the company, after it saw sales top the 10 million unit market for the first time in its history in the fourth quarter of 2012 …

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