January 11, 2013, 8:35 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 …
Reuters: Cheaper iPhone story withdrawn after ‘substantial changes’ to China report  —  Rumors of a more affordable iPhone for emerging markets took an interesting turn Friday, as the major news organization Reuters opted to rescind a story originally filed, based on comments allegedly made by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller.
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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' 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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Nokia: Yes, we decrypt your HTTPS data, but don't worry about it  —  Nokia has confirmed reports that its Xpress Browser decrypts data that flows through HTTPS connections - that includes the connections set up for banking sessions, encrypted email and more.
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
YouTube's Three Year+ Copyright Battle With German Music Rights Agency Rumbles On, As GEMA Breaks Off Negotiations  —  A copyright dispute that has blocked German YouTube users' access to certain music videos continues to rumble on with little sign of a resolution - despite being ongoing for more than three years already.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BitTorrent brings torrent discovery, downloading directly to the browser with Surf Chrome extension  —  BitTorrent on Thursday announced Surf, a Chrome extension that lets you discover and download torrents directly in Google's browser.  The company says it also plans to release an add-on for Firefox soon …
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple appoints Xerox CFO Luca Maestri as new corporate controller  —  In a bid to strengthen its financial division, Apple has lured away Xerox executive vice president and CFO Luca Maestri, appointing him as its new corporate controller.  —  Announcing Maestri's departure in a press release …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft updates Skype for Windows with Outlook integration  —  Summary: A new version of Skype for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP adds Outlook integration, among other features and fixes.  —  Microsoft's Skype division rolled out a new version of Skype for Windows (version 6.1) on January 10.
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?)
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.
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google launches Chrome Beta channel for Android 4.0+ phones and tablets, releases version 25  —  Mere hours after releasing Chrome 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Google on Thursday announced it is introducing a new Chrome beta channel for phones and tablets running Android 4.0 or higher.

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