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January 21, 2013, 4:31 AM

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Chris Dixon:
Samsung's predicament  —  In the past year, Samsung went from being a moderately successful electronics manufacturer to the leading non-iOS mobile device maker.  Together, Apple and Samsung earn 98% of the profits in the smartphone market.  MG Siegler echoed a common sentiment when he wrote …
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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Mega-Launch: a fake FBI raid, dancing girls—oh, and human rights!  —  Amid wild theatrics, Kim Dotcom launches super-private cloud storage service.  —  Kim Dotcom may see himself as being at war with Hollywood, but the man has quite a sense of theatrics himself.
Rich Trenholm / CNET:
Nexus 4 demand 10 times higher than Google expected … Ten times as many British phone fans want the Nexus 4 than Google expected.  LG has once again blamed Google for stock issues with the perenially sold-out smash-hit Android phone, saying the Big G had no idea of the potential demand.
Benedict Evans:
What does Google need from Android?  —  The ‘Android has problems’ narrative is very clearly established (as established, of course, as the ‘Android is selling in vast numbers’ narrative).  There's the fragmentation by OS version, the fragmentation by hardware, the consistently lower engagement …
More: GuardianTweets: @gassee
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Sony's Xperia Tablet Z announced: 1.5GHz quad-core, 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 screen and 6.9mm thickness  —  Announced bright and early in Japan today is the Sony Xperia Tablet Z that we've been hearing about.  As you'd expect, this 10.1-inch Android 4.1 tablet features the same design language …
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Immediacy of Digital Media Helps Drive Spending  —  I was tallying my spending of the last year, and much to my surprise, I spent $2,403 in one category.  No, that wasn't on clothes.  It wasn't on my most recent vacation, either.  And it wasn't the total of all my parking tickets (though that did feel as if it came close).
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Ethan Cox / National Post:
Youth expelled from Montreal college after finding ‘sloppy coding’ that compromised security of 250,000 students personal data  —  A student has been expelled from Montreal's Dawson College after he discovered a flaw in the computer system used by most Quebec CEGEPs, one which compromised …
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Wikileaks claims Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source, breaking anonymity  —  Unsubstantiated statements implicate US Secret Service in Swartz's prosecution and break Wikileaks' own ‘doxxing’ rules  —  Aaron Swartz died a week ago.  A public memorial service in New York City will be held later today.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Magazines Use Digital Editions to Ramp Up Pricing  —  Cosmopolitan readers can get their first year's subscription to the print magazine for $10.  But if they want the digital edition on their iPads, they will have to fork over $19.99.  —  That's a pricing maneuver so bold it may make even Cosmo readers blush.

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