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January 11, 2013, 6:05 AM

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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 …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Every Tech Journalist's Worst Nightmare  —  Editors at CNET were forced to rescind a product award after their parent company stepped in.  The perils of reporting on yourself.At 4:05 PM on Wednesday, Dish Networks notified its Twitter followers that it had been chosen as a finalist for CNET's …
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 …
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.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Microsoft hopes to patent an ‘inconspicuous mode’ for phones  —  We've all seen That Person in the movie theater: the one whose compulsive texting guarantees a distraction for everyone through the bright screen.  Microsoft might not change that disruptive behavior, but it could save us from noticing through a new patent application.
More: ZDNet, Neowin and SlashGear
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Windows RT Jailbreak tool released, opening up the door for a Microsoft Surface homebrew community  —  Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Windows RT operating system had been jailbroken to allow for the execution of unsigned ARM desktop applications.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Rebound: Groupon's share price has doubled since its record lows, rising 99% in 58 days  —  Groupon has recently been a quiet tear, doubling its share price since its record low in the middle of November last year, with its market capitalization rising towards the $3.5 billion mark.
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Now China's WeChat App is Censoring Its Users Globally  —  We've written a lot about the progress of the world's biggest messaging app, the China-made WeChat, which is fast approaching 300 million registered users and enjoying some level of global success with it.
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Holiday PC sales dip for first time in five years  —  (Reuters) - Holiday-season sales of personal computers fell for the first time in more than five years, according to tech industry tracker IDC, as Microsoft Corp's new Windows 8 operating system failed to excite buyers and many instead opted for tablet devices and smartphones.
David J. Hill / Singularity Hub:
Exclusive Interview With Ray Kurzweil On Future AI Project At Google  —  In an exclusive with Singularity Hub, Ray Kurzweil gave one of his first interviews since the December announcement that he joined Google full time as Director of Engineering.  Speaking with Singularity Hub Founder Keith Kleiner …
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:
Redditors Accuse BuzzFeed of Photo Theft  —  thread at the top of Reddit's most popular photography group, r/photography, accuses BuzzFeed of “stealing people's long exposure pics ... without any permission” for a sponsored post advertising a camera on the site.
Tweets: @alexjamesfitz and @rsingel
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Image Search - now with Flickr photos  —  Today, we're making it easier than ever to find and share photos on the web and mobile devices.  Using Yahoo! Image Search, you can now easily find photos from Flickr that are available for re-use or re-posting under Creative Commons terms.
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?)
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 …
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 …
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
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Delicious bookmarking service tries yet again with renewed focus on speed and discovery  —  Social bookmarking service Delicious is not what it once was, but since getting out from under Yahoo the service has been working to restore its features and win back users.
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.

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