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January 11, 2013, 1:45 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Wehner / TUAW:
Apple publishes Chinese New Year gift guide  —  Apple has enjoyed a recent burst of success in China, with the new iPad mini selling out faster than supplies can be replenished, but rather than sitting back and enjoying the regional boom, the company is going on the offensive with a new Chinese New Year Gift Guide.
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 …
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
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.
Nick Heath / ZDNet:
EU privacy laws to spell an end to Facebook for free?  —  Summary: A lawyer has warned that proposed EU privacy laws would make Facebook and other ad-supported online services unsustainable if they make it into law.  —  Nick Heath  —  Facebook, Gmail and other ad-supported online services …
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?)
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
Business Week:
Can Meg Whitman Reverse Hewlett-Packard's Free Fall?  —  On Jan. 16, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) plans to hold a ribbon-cutting to show off an overhauled customer meeting center at its headquarters in Palo Alto.  A year in the making, the complex creates a striking first impression.
Bloomberg:
Google Sued by Foundem in U.K. for Anti-Competitive Behavior  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) was sued in London by a U.K. Internet company that previously filed a complaint with European Union regulators, sparking a two-year antitrust probe.  —  Foundem, a U.K. shopping comparison website …

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