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January 9, 2013, 6:15 PM

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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.
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.
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 …
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: VentureBeat and BetabeatTweets: @mathewi and @eldon
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.
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.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Samsung flexible OLED phone prototype (hands-on)  —  Samsung gave us a brief glimpse during it keynote today of its first phone using a flexible display, and now we've just had the opportunity to handle the device for ourselves.  The phone, which is a nameless prototype …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
FCC working to expand WiFi spectrum, wants to avoid wireless ‘traffic jam’  —  Ever suffer through the painfully slow bottleneck of public WiFi?  Sure you have — Airports, coffee shops, even your neighbors unprotected home network are limited by the current WiFi spectrum.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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).
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.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
President Clinton at CES: The World Needs More Smartphones (And Fewer Guns)  —  It was a bit of a head-scratcher to see former President Bill Clinton on the Samsung keynote roster at CES 2013.  Obviously, it had to do with star power and pulling in audience attention, but I was curious …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
India: Tech Import Restrictions Are for Security  —  NEW DELHI—India's proposal to restrict imports of an array of high-tech products, a move that Western companies fear could significantly undermine their business plans in the country, is aimed at protecting the nation's security while encouraging …
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