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January 9, 2013, 2:55 PM

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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.
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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Pebble smartwatch keeps it simple (hands-on)  —  Light on features, but heavy on design  —  Now that Pebble has announced it's shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23rd, the company is finally ready to show off the final hardware and software on its smartwatch.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Redbox Instant by Verizon launching out of beta before the end of March  —  Streaming movie service Redbox Instant by Verizon will fully launch to the public before the end of the first quarter, the venture's CEO said today at a CES 2013 breakfast.  —  As we've mentioned before …
More: GigaOM and The Verge
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Bloomberg: That Cheaper iPhone Would Cost $100-$150  —  Piling on the Wall Street Journal's cheap iPhone rumor resurrection, Bloomberg is reporting that the budget-friendly device Apple is working on will cost in the $100-$150 range.  It would debut, at the very earliest, at the end of this year.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Hits 200 Million Registered Users Worldwide — Adding New Users At Rate Of Two Per Second  —  LinkedIn has announced it has reached 200 million user registrations worldwide — with new users being added at an average rate of two per second (or 172,800 per day).
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 …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Dropbox to be included on all Samsung flagship phones and camera  —  Users get 50GB of cloud capacity for two years for free  —  LAS VEGAS — Dropbox on Wednesday announced tighter integration of its cloud storage and file-sharing service with Samsung products, from smartphones to televisions.
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 …
Associated Press:
Google's Eric Schmidt calls for open Internet in North Korea  —  A private delegation including Google's Eric Schmidt is urging North Korea to allow more open Internet access and cellphones to benefit its citizens, the mission's leader said Wednesday in the country with some of the world's tightest controls on information.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google Maps web version returns for Windows Phone users  —  Google has re-enabled the web version of its popular Maps service for Windows Phone users.  The move comes after Google put a redirect in place to push Windows Phone users over to its search engine instead of a web version of Google Maps recently.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Verizon: 9.8 million activations during Q4  —  Summary: In its latest regulatory filing, Verizon says it will see record activations during the fourth quarter, driven mostly by the iPhone.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Following AT&T's move yesterday to dish out the latest details on the state of its affairs …
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 …
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable!:
Facebook Stock Hits $30 For First Time Since July  —  Facebook may finally be over its 20-something phase.  —  The company's stock hit $30 a share on Wednesday for the first time since mid-July, after several consecutive days of hovering around the $29 mark.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook Removes Instagram User Counts From Developer API After Holiday Traffic Confusion  —  In the aftermath of a controversial story claiming Instagram's traffic numbers were down, the data that was the source of the story has now disappeared altogether.  —  Instagram was in the spotlight …
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 …
More: Techdirt
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Certified BitTorrent Box Brings uTorrent to Your TV  —  With a quarter billion active users a month BitTorrent is without a doubt the most used file-sharing platform.  —  The vast majority of these BitTorrent users download video files, but despite these staggering statistics it can still …

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