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January 10, 2013, 4:20 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Schiller: Despite popularity of cheap smartphones, they won't be the future of Apple's products  —  Apple SVP of Worldwide marketing Phil Schiller gave an interesting interview to Chinese newspaper Shanghai Evening News yesterday.  In the interview, he directly addresses the rumors surrounding …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's “AutoRip” Service Goes Live, Giving Customers Free MP3s For CDs Purchased On Amazon As Far Back As 1998  —  Amazon is today introducing a new service called Amazon AutoRip, which automatically gives customers free MP3 versions of any CDs they've purchased from Amazon since the launch of its Music Store back in 1998.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones in ‘solid’ Q4 2012; results ‘exceeded expectations’  —  Straight out of left field, Nokia has today announced that its fourth quarter of 2012 was surprisingly solid, making its stock price spike.  —  Revealing its preliminary financial results for Q4 2012 …
Reuters:
Apple's Tim Cook meets with China Mobile chairman in Beijing  —  Apple Inc's Chief Executive Tim Cook met with China Mobile's Chairman Xi Guohua on Thursday to discuss “matters of cooperation,” a China Mobile spokesman said, raising hopes that a deal between the two tech giants may move forward.
Rafat Ali / Skift:
Wikipedia's travel site's official launch coming soon; what to expect and not expect  —  Wikipedia's next big push is a travel wiki, and the official launch of Wikivoyage is coming soon, according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.  —  Wales was on Colbert Show last night talking …
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Three top U.S. wireless carriers to embrace BlackBerry 10  —  (Reuters) - Three of the top U.S. cellphone carriers signaled this week that they would support Research In Motion's (RIM.TO) BlackBerry 10 products, the first of which are due to be unveiled Jan 30, offering a hopeful sign for RIM's comeback effort.
eMarketer:
Record Retail Sales on Smartphones, Tablets Take Greater Ecommerce Share  —  Tablet buyers grow sales at fastest pace  —  Mobile devices have become a key component of the digital shopping landscape, with both smartphones and tablets contributing higher levels of ecommerce sales …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
App developers, here are 23 pages of suggestions from CA's new privacy cops  —  Report is designed to complement law mandating mobile privacy policies.  —  The Aspen Institute  —  In recent months the state of California has stepped up its efforts to enforce the California Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Steve Lohr / NYT Bits:
The 2012 Patent Rankings: IBM on Top (Again), Google and Apple Surging  —  In the yearly count of patents granted in the United States, the corporate front-runner for 2012 is scarcely a surprise.  —  I.B.M. was granted more patents in 2012 than any other company, the 20th consecutive year in the top spot …
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Schmidt Says He Pressed North Korea on Web Barriers  —  BEIJING—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 …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Google's location-aware Field Trip tour guide app now serves up local deals, courtesy of Scoutmob  —  Back in September we reported on Field Trip, a new location-aware tour guide Android app from Google's Niantic Labs.  —  In a nutshell, Field Trip helps surface “cool, hidden, and unique” things about the world around you.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
How does BuzzFeed intend to crack a $1B valuation?  By embracing journalism's past  —  It was just over a year ago that BuzzFeed hired editor-in-chief Ben Smith away from Politico to help build the cat-happy publication into a major media company.  In the intervening months …
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Ken Layne / The Awl:
Is San Francisco The Brooklyn To Silicon Valley's Unbuilt Manhattan?  —  Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap.  It didn't have the lowest rents—in the California of three recessions ago, a Silver Lake bungalow or blocks …
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Jakob Schiller / Wired:
Photos of Tweet Locations Bring 140 Characters to Life  —  In their project Geolocation, Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman scan the public Twitter feed for tweets that are geotagged and then travel to those locations to take pictures where the original tweet was sent.

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