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January 10, 2013, 1:20 AM

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Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
RIM to hit multiple price points with range of BlackBerry 10 devices  —  LAS VEGAS—While all eyes are on the first two BlackBerry 10 devices Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) will introduce later this month, RIM plans to eventually hit a range of price points at the high …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Pro: an in-depth look at Microsoft's super tablet  —  Microsoft might not be at CES this year, but that hasn't stopped the company's CEO jumping on stage to pass the annual keynote responsibility over to Qualcomm.  While its OEMs are out in force with crazy Windows 8 designs and unreleased hardware …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Now Locking Screenshots for Submitted Apps, Shutting Down Popular Scam Tactic  —  Apple today announced on its Developer Portal that screenshots added to app descriptions will be locked in place once an app has been approved. … This small but important update shuts down a widely used scam tactic …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung announces 8-core Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor  —  For 2013, Samsung is announcing a new 8-core processor that it says provides twice the 3D performance of any previous mobile processor, including the company's Exynos 4 Quad.  It's called the Exynos 5 Octa, and it uses ARM's new Big Little processor technology.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pebble smartwatch finally shipping January 23rd, we talk to CEO about its future  —  From Kickstarter to the biggest tech show on earth, and soon on your wrist  —  The Pebble smartwatch is best-known for being a smash hit on Kickstarter.  It broke records and leapt to a total of 85,000 orders by the time the campaign ended.
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve stuck in FCC certification, costing firm $550,000  —  LAS VEGAS—MVNO FreedomPop said its WiMAX-capable iPhone Sleeve has been delayed in the FCC's approval process due to an untested design element.  The company said the unexpected delay in obtaining approval has cost the company a total of $550,000 so far.
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Amazon to launch auto rip, an effort to sex up CDs  —  In the most significant announcement involving the compact disc in years, Amazon is expected to reward CD buyers by automatically storing the songs in their digital lockers free of charge, sources told CNET.  Amazon may do the same thing for past CD purchases, the sources said.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple slashes price on Thunderbolt cable, releases additional shorter model  —  Apple has reduced the price of its 2.0 m Thunderbolt cable from $49 to $39.  The Thunderbolt cable, which can be used for data transfers and for display attachment purposes, was originally released in mid-2011.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Confirms Bribery Investigation After Chinese Authorities Detain Employee  —  Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing giant that works with companies like Apple, Samsung and Sony, has confirmed that it is being investigated on charges of bribery by Chinese authorities.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
A more complete picture of the iTunes economy  —  As it did yesterday, on occasion Apple reports the cumulative total downloads and payments to developers.  Since this is done in variable time intervals, it makes analysis of the value of the app store difficult.  —  But not impossible.
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Schmidt Says He Pressed North Korea on Web Barriers  —  Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said he told North Korean officials that they must drop barriers to global Internet access if they hope to develop their economy.  “As the world becomes increasingly connected …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Reddit Raising $1 Million At a $400 Million Valuation  —  If you have a year like the one Reddit had last year — the kind of year where the President of the United States stops to by to court your audience - it makes perfect sense to follow that up by raising money.
More: CNET, VentureBeat, Betabeat and Gawker
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Mayer's 10X Challenge: Yahoo's Homepage, Mail and Search Traffic Show Significant Year-Over-Year Declines  —  This week in Las Vegas, the new management team running Yahoo — including CEO Marissa Mayer — are at International CES to schmooze with big advertisers and convince them that Yahoo …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
eBay Reorganizes Its Mobile Group and Releases New Apps  —  With a reorganization of its mobile team complete, eBay released a number of updates to its iPhone and iPad apps today.  —  When the company posts its Q4 results next week, we'll know exactly how much mobile contributed to eBay's revenue in 2012 …
Bloomberg:
ZTE Planning to Sell Mozilla-Powered Phone in Europe  —  ZTE Corp. (000063) is working with a European wireless carrier to introduce a smartphone based on software built by Mozilla Corp. this year, saidCheng Lixin, chief executive officer of ZTE's U.S. unit.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Intel responds to cooked power efficiency claims  —  The company's claims about power efficiency for its new Ivy Bridge chips involved some fancy marketing footwork.  —  LAS VEGAS—Intel came clean today about the power efficiency for the new Ivy Bridge chips announced at CES on Monday.
Lee Chyen Yee / Reuters:
China may allow private firms to offer mobile services  —  (Reuters) - China is considering a trial to allow private firms to offer mobile services by acquiring bandwidth from major carriers, in a step aimed at introducing competition to the country's state-owned telecom industry.

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