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January 9, 2013, 1:35 AM

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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:
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Withdraws Patent Claims Against Microsoft  —  Google today filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission to terminate its attempt to stop Microsoft from using video compression technology on the Xbox.  —  Microsoft wants to license two standards-essential patents for H.264 …
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:
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft confirms Messenger will be retired and users migrated to Skype on March 15  —  Microsoft on Tuesday mass emailed its 100 million+ Messenger users to let them know that the service is officially being retired on March 15, 2013.  On that date, all users will be migrated to Skype …
David Kravets / Wired:
Student Suspended for Refusing to Wear RFID Tracker Loses Lawsuit  —  A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the “Mark of the Beast” because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip has lost her federal court bid Tuesday challenging her suspension …
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.
Thomas Gryta / Digits:
Could Verizon, AT&T Follow T-Mobile in Ending Subsidies?  —  The biggest U.S. wireless carriers are watching T-Mobile USA's experiment with ending smartphone subsidies, but they aren't sure if subscribers are ready to make the change.  —  Major wireless carriers tend to subsidize the cost …
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.
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.”
Jane McEntegart / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Hands-on with Kingston's 1TB USB Stick  —  We get up close and personal with Kingston's new baby.  —  While CES is known for bringing a storm of new gadgets, just a few products really stand out each year.  On Monday, Kingston announced one such device.  In Las Vegas this week, the company unveiled the world's first 1TB USB stick.
More: Kingston and Examiner
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
Justice Department and Patent Office Issue Policy Statement on Patents  —  The consensus among policy makers on the perils of using standard patents as competitive weapons continues to build.  —  The Justice Department and the Patent and Trademark Office issued an unusual joint statement on Tuesday.
More: CNET and Reuters
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.
New York Times:
Onlike Banking Attacks Were Work of Iran, U.S. Officials Say  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The attackers hit one American bank after the next.  As in so many previous attacks, dozens of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt before recovering several minutes later.
More: CNET
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell introduces HDMI stick that turns any screen into a thin client PC  —  Dell acquired Wyse last year and launched a line of cloud computing products that lets you access software data on a remote server.  Most of the products in this line look like tiny computers which you can connect to a keyboard, mouse and display.
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.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Kickstarter's best of 2012: 2.2M backers, $319M raised, 18K projects funded  —  Kickstarter released its “best of” list for 2012, and the numbers are impressive: 2.24 million people funded at least one project and pledged a total of $319 million.  That's more than $600 per minute over the course of the year …

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