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January 10, 2013, 9:10 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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Beats' Jimmy Iovine on Steve Jobs, Spotify and Why He Can Make Subscriptions Work  —  Beats Electronics has done a very good job at making expensive headphones a mass-market item.  And that's what makes them a good candidate to crack open the music subscription business, says CEO Jimmy Iovine.
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Obama signs bill to let Facebook users share Netflix videos  —  President Obama signed a bill on Thursday to allow users of Facebook and other social media sites to opt in to automatically share which videos they have watched on sites like Netflix.  —  Facebook users could already choose …
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.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
CNET parent CBS bans Dish products from CES awards, further coverage  —  CNET disqualifies Hopper DVR due to CBS lawsuit; no products of companies in litigation with parent will be reviewed  —  Chalk it up to the conflicts of being a giant media company.  CNET made Dish Network's acclaimed …
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 …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
In the future of television, the set-top box is king  —  The television industry is changing so rapidly on all fronts—hardware, software, and the content we call “TV”—that consumers are rightfully cautious about investing in any new technology that might be obsolete by next year.  (3D televisions, anyone?)
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 and Mashable!Tweets: @spencerchen
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 …
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.
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 …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Experiencing Syncing, Folders, Links And App Integrations Issues, But Your Files Are Safe  —  If you're an avid Dropbox user, then you have probably figured out that the site and service aren't working properly right now.  As in, not at all, but it's not completely “down.”
More: The Next WebThanks:@joshconstine
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Former Google Wallet Team Members Ready Their New Startup, Index, For Launch  —  Almost a year ago, an exodus on the Google Wallet team sent former members running away to companies like Square and other stealth projects.  We wrote about one such stealth startup called Tappmo …

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