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January 9, 2013, 5:20 AM

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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:
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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
iPhone 5 coming to Walmart's Straight Talk prepaid plans January 11th  —  Customers have been able to enjoy the iPhone experience on Walmart's Straight Talk “BYOD” phone plans for quite some time now, but the prepaid provider will begin directly selling the iPhone 5 — as well as the iPhone 4 — on January 11th.
Jane McEntegart / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Hands-on with Kingston's 1TB USB Stick  —  We get up close and personal with Kingston's new baby.  —  While CES is known for bringing a storm of new gadgets, just a few products really stand out each year.  On Monday, Kingston announced one such device.  In Las Vegas this week, the company unveiled the world's first 1TB USB stick.
More: Kingston and Examiner
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.”
Jamie Yap / ZDNet:
Pakistan to unblock YouTube after building content filter  —  Summary: Country's prime minister said YouTube will be back online after the completion of a filter mechanism, adding the presence of blasphemous content is the only reason why the site is blocked.  —  Jamie Yap

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