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January 8, 2013, 1:20 AM

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Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
Intel's New Chips: Everything You Need to Know  —  Intel's talking about its new stuff today at CES.  Some of it's new, some of it we've heard before.  But we'll let you know everything important that goes down today.  —  Here's the quick version of everything Intel will be talking about today …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Cisco introduces ‘videoscape unity’ to manage the future of video everywhere  —  Cisco is the world's networking giant, and today it showed what it is doing to make sure that it can provide the plumbing for the explosion of video on live TV, paid services, and the wide-open Internet.
Reuters:
Galaxy phones power Samsung to record $8.3 billion profit  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world leader in mobiles and memory chips, said it likely earned a quarterly profit of $8.3 billion, as it sold close to 500 handsets a minute and as demand picked up for the flat screens it makes …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Ford Launches Open Developer Program To Let Mobile Apps Interface With Its Cars  —  Our cars have become increasingly connected, but building apps for them has generally involved small private betas and a lot of hand-holding from car manufacturers.  The first manufacturer to open up their cars …
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”:
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera Makes A Run For The Living Room With New TV App Store, SDK With YouTube Leanback Support  —  Opera has long harbored ambitions to bring its technology beyond mobile and the desktop and into the living room.  Just in time for the start of CES, the company today unveiled its new TV app store …
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.

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