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January 8, 2013, 1:15 PM

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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.
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 …
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: SocialTimes and GOOD.is
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 …
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Valve and Xi3's ‘Steam Box’ codenamed Piston, early specs detailed at CES  —  The “Steam Box” modular computer announced by hardware maker Xi3 and Valve at CES is codenamed “Piston” and is modeled after the PC maker's X7A line of pint-sized computers, Xi3 reps tell Polygon.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Target will now price-match Amazon, other retailers year-round  —  Matching Amazon's pricing during the holidays is one thing, but Target today announced it plans to continue the practice on a year-round basis.  The extended policy will apply to competitors other than the internet retailer …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Is Facebook worth it?  Film execs confide they may cut movie ads  —  Some movie executives are increasingly skeptical that Facebook ads and promotional campaigns that ask users to ‘like’ a movie can deliver big box-office returns.  —  Major studios are taking a hard look at the cost of winning friends on Facebook.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Panasonic shows off 20-inch Windows 8 tablet with insane 4K resolution  —  4K's unquestionably the buzzword of CES 2013, but it's typically used in conjunction with “TV.”  Panasonic's taking it a different direction, though, using its keynote at the show to introduce a 20-inch Windows 8 tablet with 4K resolution.
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 …
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?
Svbtle Blog:
Svbtle funding  —  Just a quick update: we've recently raised a round of financing from great investors like CrunchFund, Betaworks, Y Combinator, and more, including some fantastic angels.  Now we have the resources and absolute focus that will allow us to build not only a great collection of people …
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.”
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
FreedomPop, textPlus team up to offer freemium voice, SMS service  —  FreedomPop is delivering on its promise to become a voice as well as mobile data provider.  At CES 2013, it revealed it's partnering with IP voice and messaging startup textPlus, bundling the latter's freemium text and calling app with its freemium broadband service.
More: Engadget and ReadWrite
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mobile Ad Network InMobi Buys Overlay Media To Improve Ad Personalization, And More  —  Mobile ad network InMobi continues to make use of the $200 million in financing it received in 2011 from Softbank: today it is announcing the acquisition of Overlay Media, a UK-based developer of “context-aware” computing technologies.
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 Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Netflix Announces Major ISPs Deploying Their CDN Caches; New 3D Streaming  —  Last June, Netflix announced plans to build out their own content delivery network by giving ISPs free caches to place inside their networks.  Called Open Connect, Netflix's new platform allows network operators …
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.

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
Exitround:
Lessons learned: Justin Kan & Josh Felser discuss how to build and sell a company for hundreds of millions  —  Exitround recently held an event with speakers Justin Kan and Josh Felser at 500 Startups in San Francisco.
AdExchanger:
Adelphic And Affiperf: No Cookie Targeting?  No Problem  —  Brand marketers might not be diving into mobile video advertising, yet, but they're certainly wading in.  That caution is well-founded since measurement …
 

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