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January 11, 2013, 4:35 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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Phil Schiller Says Apple Wouldn't Sacrifice Quality for Market Share in a Cheaper iPhone  —  Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is accompanying CEO Tim Cook on his trip to China, and the Shanghai Evening News has published an interview [Google translation] with Schiller in which he addresses recent rumors of a cheaper iPhone.
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' 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple Has Won a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for 2012  —  Apple will receive an Emmy Engineering Award tonight (via The Loop) at CES 2013 for winning in the following category: … Launched in 1948, the awards honour “development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies …
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 …
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 …
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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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?)
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.
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.
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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