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January 8, 2013, 7:35 PM

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Jessica E. Lessin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Working On a Less-Expensive iPhone  —  Apple Inc. is working on a lower-end iPhone, according to people briefed on the matter, a big shift in strategy as its supremacy in smartphones has slipped.  —  While Apple has explored such a device for years, the plan has been progressing …
Élyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Qualcomm's insane CES 2013 keynote in pictures and tweets  —  A night of cringeworthy conversations, product demos, and music  —  2013 was the first time in many years that Microsoft didn't host the opening keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas.
More: CNET and GigaOMTweets: @zpower and @dannysullivan
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Aereo Raises $38 Million to Take Its Cord-Cutting Service to 22 More Cities  —  Right now you can only watch Aereo, the Web TV service the TV networks hate, if you live in New York City.  —  That will change soon, Aereo says: The startup plans to roll out 22 more U.S. cities this year, starting in “late spring.”
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft: 60 million Windows 8 licenses sold to date  —  Summary: Microsoft has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses to PC makers and those upgrading as of early January, officials said at the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  Microsoft officials said the company has sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses to date.
Twitter Engineering:
Improving Twitter search with real-time human computation  —  One of the magical things about Twitter is that it opens a window to the world in real-time.  An event happens, and seconds later, people share it across the planet.  —  Consider, for example, what happened when Flight 1549 crashed in the Hudson River:
More: Engadget, ReadWrite and WebProNewsTweets: @rossneumann
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook invites press to 'see what we're building'  —  Facebook just pinged members of the press with an invitation for a big event on January 15th, which immediately follows the madness here at CES this week.  Facebook doesn't host many large events at its corporate headquarters — a hint that something big is likely in the works.
Omar Shahine / The Windows Blog:
Improved sharing & new HTML5 features for SkyDrive.com  —  We're ringing in the new year with a few improvements to SkyDrive.com.  You now have a single, unified view into how each of your files is shared so you can more easily control who has access to your files.
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.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Broadcom chip ushers in H.265 and UltraHD video  —  The H.265 video standard, aka HEVC or MPEG-5, squeezes more pixels over a network connection to support new high-resolution 4K TVs.  Broadcom's chip supports both and is due to arrive in volume next year.  —  As product names go, BCM7445 is as boring as it gets.
David Pierce / The Verge:
ZTE joins the 5-inch, 1080p smartphone party with the ultra-thin Grand S (hands-on)  —  It seems like every cellphone manufacturer agreed on the same set of specs for their flagship devices in the early part of 2013.  ZTE's new Grand S is highlighted by a 5-inch, 1080p display …
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 …
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 …
More: TechCrunch and paidContentTweets: @jonrussell
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
“The telephone network is obsolete”: Get ready for the all-IP telco  —  Two months ago, AT&T petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to plan for the retirement of traditional phone networks and transition to what AT&T sees as an inevitability: the all-IP telco.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
iPhone 5 coming to Walmart's Straight Talk prepaid plans January 11th  —  Customers have been able to enjoy the iPhone experience on Walmart's Straight Talk “BYOD” phone plans for quite some time now, but the prepaid provider will begin directly selling the iPhone 5 — as well as the iPhone 4 — on January 11th.

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