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January 9, 2013, 10:15 AM

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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
T-Mobile USA to soon sell iPhones, cut subsidies: CEO  —  (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE) unit T-Mobile USA will start selling the Apple Inc (AAPL.O) iPhone in about three to four months and will enforce its plan to get rid of cellphone subsidies in a similar timeframe, according to Chief Executive John Legere.
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 …
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 …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Exclusive interview: Valve's Gabe Newell on Steam Box, biometrics, and the future of gaming  —  A rare and candid talk with Valve's boss  —  We just sat down for a rare and wide-ranging interview with Valve CEO Gabe Newell, who opened up to The Verge with details about the company's upcoming …
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 that Google controls …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
It's official: 3D is dead  —  The tech industry's annual hot air balloon show is dead, and the world's better for it  —  There's something about 2013's Consumer Electronics Show that's different from every other iteration this decade.  You might not realize it immediately …
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 …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Justice Department against most sales bans for infringing key patents  —  (Reuters) - Companies that own a key patent, such as those that ensure mobile and other electronic devices work together, should be allowed to win sales bans as a punishment for infringement only in rare, very specific cases …
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:
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Samsung's big push for 2013: content, corporates  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the global leader in consumer smartphones, is planning two major thrusts in 2013: bulking up mobile content and moving faster into the corporate market dominated by Research in Motion.
BBC:
Jersey retailer Play.com closes direct retail business  —  Play.com is pulling out of Jersey and moving the remaining 200 staff to Cambridge  —  Online retailer Play.com is to shut down its retail business to become a marketplace-only, from March.  —  The Jersey-based firm blamed the move …
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.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Baseball Dumping Dugout-to-Bullpen Landlines  —  The reserve clause is dead.  And so are wool uniforms.  There are no longer eight teams in each league.  And the Houston Astros have departed the National League.  —  Major League Baseball is now about to disconnect the landlines that link dugouts to bullpens.

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