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January 10, 2013, 12:55 PM

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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 …
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.
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.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Paul Eckert / Reuters:
Google Earth helps put North Korea gulag system on map  —  (Reuters) - Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's visit to North Korea this week has been met with sharp criticism and low expectations, but the global Internet search giant indirectly is helping to make history by revealing …
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.
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 …
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
4K at CES 2013: the dream gets real  —  Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, and now Vizio too — the 4K bandwagon is fully loaded and ready to get rolling  —  Almost exactly a year ago, upon these parched steppes of Nevada we know as Las Vegas, Vizio told us it was keen to get into the 4K TV market, but the timing wasn't right quite yet.

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