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January 10, 2013, 4:45 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Chasing Netflix, Intel, AT&T, Verizon & others lose their collective mind  —  The new, new thing to do these days is to launch a new streaming video service to compete with Netflix and Amazon.  Intel, Walmart, AT&T, Sony, Verizon.. the list of me-too offerings is getting longer.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Confirms Bribery Investigation After Chinese Authorities Detain Employee  —  Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing giant that works with companies like Apple, Samsung and Sony, has confirmed that it is being investigated on charges of bribery by Chinese authorities.
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 …
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.
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 …

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