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January 11, 2013, 2:30 PM

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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Reuters: Cheaper iPhone story withdrawn after ‘substantial changes’ to China report  —  Rumors of a more affordable iPhone for emerging markets took an interesting turn Friday, as the major news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.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Carl Franzen / TPM IdeaLab:
FTC Chairman Defends Google Settlement: We Did What The Law Required  —  It's been just over a week since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced a historic settlement with Google, wherein they declined to press antitrust charges after a 19-month-long investigation into the Internet giant's search and mobile businesses.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Verizon's “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Measures Unveiled  —  In 2011 the MPAA and RIAA teamed up with five major Internet providers in the United States to launch the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).  —  The parties agreed to implement a system through which subscribers are warned …
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Zavers By Google Digital Coupon Solution For Retailers And Manufacturers  —  In late 2011, Google acquired Zave Networks, a company that specialized in digitizing coupons and loyalty rewards programs and today, it is launching its first Google-branded product based on this acquisition: Zavers by Google.
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Cracking the China code: Microsoft vs. Apple  —  In 2011 Microsoft's CEO bemoaned that revenue in China was about 5% of what it obtained in the US.  Yesterday Apple's CEO suggested that revenue from China will overtake the US in the near future.  —  The contrast is even more stark …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Postal Service must stop favoring Netflix DVDs over GameFly ones, says appeals court  —  A US appeals court has ruled in favor of GameFly in a long-running suit against the Postal Service, determining once again that the Postal Service gave preferential treatment to Netflix and Blockbuster by sorting their DVDs.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
AngelList's new online investment feature raises $1m for startups in its first month  —  AngelList has announced that its Invest Online feature has already brought $1 million in commitments from investors in less than a month.  —  The service, which connects early-stage startups with interested investors …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Following active exploits, Mozilla adds all recent versions of Java to its Firefox add-on blocklist  —  Mozilla on Friday announced it has added Java 7 Update 9, Java 7 Update 10, Java 6 Update 37, and Java 6 Update 38 to its Firefox add-on block list, following yesterday's news of a new vulnerability.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
MetroPCS rejiggers its plans again, restoring $60 unlimited tier  —  MetroPCS isn't done tinkering with its data plans.  On Thursday it revamped its rates for the second time in a year.  Most significantly, Metro restored its $60 unlimited LTE data tier, one of the best deals in wireless.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
After Just Two Years, Nearly Half of Verizon's Data Traffic Is on LTE  —  Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com Lowell McAdam  —  In his keynote speech at CES this week, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam observed that it was back in late 2010, during a similar keynote, that he touted the launch of the company's then-new 4G LTE mobile data network.

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