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January 10, 2013, 12:05 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 …
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.
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung seeks broader chip base as Apple cuts loose  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co is looking to supply chips to more Chinese and other emerging smartphone makers, the head of its system chip business said, to counter any fall-off in demand from Apple Inc, which is weaning itself off Samsung chips used in its iPhones and iPads.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Tweets: @eldon and @mathewi
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.
More: 9to5Mac and PhoneArena
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
With ‘verified certificates,’ Coursera offers model for making money from web classes  —  If 2012 was the year MOOCs (massive open online courses) captured the country's imagination, is this the year we start to see if they can be a money-making reality?  —  Over the past few months …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Senator Wyden lays out “digital freedom” agenda  —  “The door outside Senator Ron Wyden's office says, ‘The Senator from Oregon,’” said the speaker who introduced him at a packed morning CES discussion.  “It should also say, ‘The Senator from the Internet!’”  Cheers abound.
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 …
Tweets: @karaswisher
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.
More: The Register and ZDNet
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.

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