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January 8, 2013, 8:55 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:
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 …
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.
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.
More: parislemon
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
DealBook:
Dish Network Makes Bid for Clearwire, Topping Sprint Offer  —  Correction Appended  —  Updated Not so fast, Sprint.  —  On Tuesday, Dish Network made an unsolicited bid for Clearwire, the wireless network operator, a complicated offer that threatens the existing takeover deal by the company's majority owner, Sprint Nextel.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
T-Mobile USA Now Supporting 1.9 Million iPhones, Adding 100,000 Per Month  —  Ahead of its previously announced plans to begin officially offering Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone sometime this year, T-Mobile USA has have already seen its customers bring 1.9 million iPhones onto the carrier's network.
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.

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