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January 10, 2013, 5:25 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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Beats' New Music Subscription Service Gets a New Boss: Topspin's Ian Rogers  —  There are a ton of digital music services out there, with more on the way.  —  So how will Beats Electronics, the headphone maker, stand out when it rolls out its own version this year?  —  The company won't spell that out quite yet.
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 …
More: The Verge
Kevin Kwang / ZDNet:
Lenovo confirms Windows Phone 8 handset plans  —  Summary: JD Howard, vice president of Lenovo's Mobile Internet and Digital Home unit, confirms it is planning for a Windows Phone 8 device and, if approved, there's a “good chance” of a 2013 release.  —  Kevin Kwang
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
New Digg owners claim the “Digg effect is back”, user base doubled in 5 months  —  The new owners of once red-hot social news sharing service Digg have taken to their blog to reveal that they're ... ‘thinking about monetization’ and experimenting with several ways to make money, including a ‘sponsored app’ section on the website.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Nuance Has Bought Virtual Assistant Specialist VirtuOz To Ramp Up Its Enterprise Services  —  TechCrunch has received a copy of a memo indicating that Nuance, the speech and natural language technology giant that also powers Apple's Siri voice assistant, has made another acquisition …
More: GigaOM and BostInno
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Streetline Raises $25M Round Led By True Ventures To Bring Real-Time Parking Data To Cities And Drivers  —  “Smart parking” platform Streetline just announced that it has raised $25 million in Series C funding.  —  The round was led by True Ventures, with participation from new investors Qualcomm Ventures …
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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