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January 11, 2013, 10:55 AM

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Just How Dumb Is It For CBS To Block CNET From Giving Dish An Award?  —  As you may or may not recall, last year, pretty much all the TV networks sued Dish Networks over a new feature it had launched, PrimeTime Any Time (PTAT), with its Autohopper technology on its DVRs.
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 …
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Tim Carmody / The Verge:
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Reuters: Cheaper iPhone story withdrawn after ‘substantial changes’ to China report  —  Rumors of a more affordable iPhone for emerging markets took an interesting turn Friday, as the major news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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
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.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Blackberry users suffer fresh server chills across UK, Europe, Africa (update: it's a Vodafone problem)  —  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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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 …
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.

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