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January 11, 2013, 8:15 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 …
AppleInsider:
Reuters: Cheaper iPhone story withdrawn after ‘substantial changes’ to China report  —  Rumors of a more affordable iPhone for emerging markets took an interesting turn Friday, as the major news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:
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Blackberry users suffer fresh server chills across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa  —  It's 2013 and RIM's BlackBerry servers seem to be as grumpy as ever — and totally oblivious to the need for happy headlines in the run up to January 30th.  We're hearing from multiple readers that BB servers …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …

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