January 21, 2013, 12:20 AM

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Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Eric Schmidt's daughter's inside account of their visit to North Korea  —  Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's daughter Sophie has posted a lengthy account with photos of their recent trip to North Korea.  She describes deep government control of the nine-person delegation's visit …
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 …
Tweets: @jinyk and @adrianblake
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.
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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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Line, The Messaging App That Took Japan By Storm, Crosses 100M Users And Enters The U.S.  —  Line, a messaging app made by South Korea's Naver Corp. that took off in Japan, just crossed 100 million users globally 19 months after it originally launched.  —  The app is one of the leading contenders …
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.
Business Insider:
Normal, Non-Geeky People Are Running Rampant On A New Dating App, Tinder  —  Today, one of our “normal” colleagues approached us about a new app all of her college-age friends and roommates use.  It's called Tinder.  —  Tinder is a simple dating app that anonymously finds out who likes your looks nearby.
Tweets: @brennanjp
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.
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 …
Tweets: @gassee

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